10-time All-Star Paul Pierce has just come out with a theory that will not make New Orleans Pelicans supporters happy. According to the 40-year-old former NBA champion turned basketball analysts, he strongly believes that the Pelicans will end up dealing centerpiece star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers if the Pelicans perform below expectations in the upcoming season.

Pierce shared his bold claim on ESPN's The Jump.

“If things don’t go well in New Orleans this year and they’re hovering around 500 or not looking like a playoff team, Boston’s going to make a run at him or the Lakers,” said Pierce.

“I guarantee you that. He will not be in New Orleans by the end of the year.

“If they’re not playing well he will not make it to All-Star weekend.”

This prediction comes at the heels of Davis' recent break-up with long-time sports agent Thad Foucher. Rumors have began circulating that Davis intends to sign with super agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also happens to represent Lakers superstar LeBron James. Pierce thinks that should this come to fruition, it will only bring Davis one step closer to Hollywood.

“What better guy to do [Davis' move to the Lakers] than Rich Paul?” claimed Pierce.

“He pretty much controls the market. Guys are running left and right to be represented by him.

“This is classic… I think there are some things in the NBA we don’t know about. Something’s brewing.”

Pierce is actually making sense here. With only three years remaining on his current deal (with the third year being a player option), the Pelicans may already be looking ahead to a life without Davis.