The end of the Anthony Davis era in New Orleans appears to be a virtual certainty after the former No. 1 overall draft pick told the Pelicans he will not sign a contract extension with the team, according to ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news Monday morning that the 6’10” star also asked the team for a trade.
Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, informed the Pelicans of his client’s decision saying Davis wants to compete for NBA Titles.
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.”
Davis could have signed a five-year, $240 million supermax extension with the Pelicans this summer, or he could become a free agent in the summer of 2020.
ESPN reports New Orleans has expressed no desire to trade him before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Davis, 25, is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, but he’s currently sidelined with a fractured finger.