Report: Pelicans’ Anthony Davis’ stance on trade hasn’t changed
The Pelicans have the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and will most likely select Duke star Zion Williamson.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now set up to be Zion Williamson’s franchise to lift, and No. 1 pick could ease potential trade of Anthony Davis. His stance on a trade has not changed, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
Davis can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020. The Pelicans don’t have to honor Davis’ trade request since he’s under contract with the team. New Orleans is hoping the chance to play with Zion and compete in the Western Conference can change Davis’ mind during the regular season.
Davis played in 56 games in 2018-19. He averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest while shooting 51.7 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks will all probably reach out to the Pelicans this summer regarding a Davis trade. Davis has the same agent as Lakers star LeBron James, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. The Lakers tried to acquire Davis at the February trade deadline, but the Pelicans didn’t move AD.
Davis was booed by New Orleans fans at home games after his trade request went public. The second half of the season was awkward for Davis and the Pelicans.