How Lakers can make Davis trade
The Los Angeles Lakers have been told Anthony Davis will have to personally request a trade if they want to sign him.
That’s the verdict of NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Anthony Davis may only be 25 but has developed into one of the league’s best players and is virtually irreplaceable for the Pelicans.
But Davis has been linked with moves to Los Angeles or Boston as he seeks to compete for championships.
The star swapped long-time agent Thad Foucher to team up with the same representative as Lakers ace LeBron James, Klutch Sports Group’s Rich Paul.
That has prompted some to suggest Davis could be looking to eventually force an exit from New Orleans – but for that to happen, Wojnarowski insists he would have to inform the franchise of any wish to leave.
“He’d have to ask for a trade,” the ESPN reporter told NBA Countdown.
“Even then New Orleans wouldn’t be obligated to do that, he’s still under contract for two more years.
“Anthony told me last season that when he was hearing some stories about Boston’s interest in him, he went into general manager Dell Demps office and asked him about it.
“Demps told him, ‘Yes Boston have called about you and no I’m not trading you.’
“He is their franchise, he is the player that keeps that building full and New Orleans is not trading him unless it gets to the point where he says, ‘I will not re-sign with you. I want to go to Boston or L.A. and I’ll re-sign there.’
“Going into a rebuild in New Orleans, which is what you’d have to do in trading Davis, you’d have an empty arena. That’s not a business plan for them.”
Celtics given Davis instructions
Paul Pierce thinks the Boston Celtics should only rule out sending away Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum if they get a chance to trade for Anthony Davis.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry recently said there is not a player in the league worth swapping Davis for, declaring: “We aren’t considering that. We wouldn’t trade him for anyone. Even Beyonce. I think that makes him untouchable.”
Yet rumours persist over the five-time All-Star with both the Celtics and the Lakers linked with possible moves.
With two years still remaining on his deal, the Pelicans hold the cards with Davis – although it has been reported he could consider his future if New Orleans aren’t in a good position mid-way through this season.
They opened their 2018-19 account with a shock 131-112 defeat of the Houston Rockets on the road with Davis contributing a game-best 32 points as well as 16 rebounds and eight assists in 39 minutes.
And Pierce, who spent 15 years in Boston, thinks the superstar is so good that even a team like the Celtics, whose roster is brimful with talent, could not afford not to sacrifice some of their stars to land him.
He said: “Oh wow, as much as I love a lot of the guys on the Boston Celtics, to get a guy like Anthony Davis – there’s nobody on that team outside of Kyrie and Jayson Tatum [I wouldn’t trade for AD].
“I love Jaylen Brown, I love Al Horford, I love Gordon Hayward but if I can pair him with Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum and that’s my big three? I gotta do it.
“You’ve got to keep a guy like Tatum because he’s shown the ability and scoring tenacity that you need in a playoff situation in close games. He can be a closer along with Kyrie.
“Then you’ve got this big guy who is filling up the paint, doing everything for them. You get those three on a team then the league better watch out.”