New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis is reportedly eyeing two major markets as rumors about his future swirl. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Davis sees the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks as his “two desired long-term destinations” with the offseason approaching. The Kentucky product has a player option for the 2020-21 season and can become a free agent following the upcoming 2019-20 campaign, putting the onus on the Pelicans to trade him if they want to avoid losing him without a return package. Charania noted the Knicks and Lakers are among a group of teams that includes the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics that have expressed interest in the six-time All-Star.
The Boston Celtics may have the assets needed to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, but doing so would be a risky endeavor.
In an interview with S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated, Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, said that Davis will not sign an extension and will instead test free agency next offseason if the Celtics trade for him:
“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year. I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”