The day doesn't start until ESPN's Adrian Wojinarowski drops some news on Twitter. The latest from him is surrounding Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
Agent Rich Paul has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis has no intention of signing a contract extension if and when presented and that he has requested a trade, Paul told ESPN on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
Well, he's still a Pelican .. for now.
"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship," Paul told ESPN. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now. That's in the best interests of both Anthony's and the organization's future."
With the NBA trade deadline coming up on Feb. 7, this opens up some options.
The Lakers are the primary team being brought up as a suitor, since LeBron James previously mentioned the team acquiring Davis would be "amazing."
The Celtics are another team in the sweepstakes since they have the best assets to do so. But there is this:
Anthony Davis requesting a trade, as @wojespn has reported, gives teams other than Boston a chance to get involved before the trade deadline while Boston can’t because it already traded for Kyrie Irving while on a Rose rule deal. Celtics arguably can offer the best deal for him.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 28, 2019
However, the decision won't be ultimately in the hands of the Lakers. It'll be a combination of being up to the Pelicans and, of course, Davis. The Pelicans reportedly have not expressed interest in trading him before the deadline, but obviously, this could change things.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst mentioned Monday morning on "Get Up!," The Knicks could put together a competitive offer.
The Knicks have some mechanisms at their disposal as well and apparently, Davis has some interest in playing in New York. Still, the team needs to decide whether they would be willing to trade their unprotected first-round pick, which could turn into a future star such as Zion Williamson.
The Pelicans are currently sitting at a 22-28 record, a few spots behind the Lakers. If Davis ends up on the Lakers and LeBron is finally back to being healthy, that's double the exposure for the Warriors and Kings in the Pacific division.
Davis is currently averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, but is sitting on the sidelines with a fracture on his left index finger. He's only supposed to be out a few weeks.
And while Davis has a lot of power in this final decision, his agent, Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron, won't force him to make it. You hire a Paul-type if you want to execute a deal of this magnitude. And at this moment, the Lakers are a team that could put together the perfect packaged deal to send the five-time All-Star to Los Angeles.
But the ball, so to speak, appears to be in the Pelicans' court.