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Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday says Anthony Davis addressed the team and told them about trade request

Pelicans, Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis

On Monday morning, Anthony Davis informed the New Orleans Pelicans that he would not sign an extension. The news caught some by surprise, but Jrue Holiday says Davis addressed the team about the situation.

In an interview with Scott Kushner of The Advocate, Holiday said that Davis informed his teammates of the request:

Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, laid out Davis’ mindset in an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It seems the former Kentucky Wildcat standout would like to play for a championship-caliber team.

“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.”

Davis, who’s currently sidelined due to a finger injury, has grown into one of the NBA’s best big men.

In 41 appearances with the Pelicans this season (all starts), he’s racked up averages of 29.3 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field (32.5 percent from beyond the arc), 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.7 steals in 37.0 minutes per outing.

There are already several teams interested in Davis’ services, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. According to Wojnarowski, the Pelicans do not feel pressured to make a decision before the February 7 trade deadline.