Pelicans Rumors: Anthony Davis Requests Trade

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The Los Angeles Lakers are also expected to be in the mix.

ESPN first reported Davis' demand to be traded to a contender.

Davis' future has always been in question.

The NBA's trade deadline is February 7, but according to Wojnarowski's report, the Pelicans have not expressed any interest in dealing Davis in the middle of the season, so a potential trade might not occur until the summer, if at all.

Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for New Orleans, who have lost three games in a row and are 22-28, the third worst record in the Western Conference.

Now it's unclear if Davis will be there as a member of the Pelicans or not. Basically, making the trade request now doesn't guarantee Davis is going to end up with LeBron (no matter how many photoshops you'll encounter in the coming days.) What it may do is give Davis a little better chance of ending up in L.A. than if he made the request public in the offseason.

But New Orleans, which controls Davis' contract through the 2019-20 season, has been steadfast for months: The Pelicans have no desire to move their best player, who is in line to sign a $240 million, five-year extension in 2020. They were swept by the Pelicans last season in the first round, and questions have followed over whether this team is good rather than great. Once the calendar hits July 1, Boston can open its treasure chest of assets. However, the Celtics can't trade for Davis until the offseason, as they already traded for Kyrie Irving as a designated player, and National Basketball Association teams can only have one designated player on their roster who they traded for at a time. If the Celtics were to swing a trade for Davis this year, Kyrie Irving would have to be apart of the trade. And that's bad news for the Celtics, as National Basketball Association salary cap rules prevent them from acquiring Davis until July, when Kyrie Irving can opt out of his current deal.

Boston can't now put Davis and Kyrie Irving together because of the "Rose Rule".

A year ago at this time, the Pelicans had perhaps the most dominant frontcourt in the National Basketball Association with Davis lining up with DeMarcus Cousins.

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