REPORT: Anthony Davis doesn’t see extra money Pelicans can offer him as a factor in his decision to stay or leave
New Orleans Pelicans superstar big man Anthony Davis is eligible to sign the supermax extension with the Pelicans after this season, a contract which would pay AD $239.5 million over the next five years.
The NBA installed the Designated Player Extension to help teams keep their star players. The Pelicans can offer Anthony Davis an extra $87.3 million, but according to a report, that money won’t factor into Davis’ decision of whether to stay or leave New Orleans.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Anthony Davis does not see the extra $87.3 million that New Orleans is expected to offer in a five-year, $239.5 million supermax extension this summer as a factor in his eventual decision.
Amid all this escalating noise about Davis and his uncertain future – from the LeBron James flattery in his recent ESPN interview to the Friday report that small-market general managers believe his comments qualified as tampering – there’s this revelation that should concern Pelicans ownership and management far more than all the rest. According to a source with knowledge of Davis’ thinking, he does not see the extra $87.3 million that New Orleans is expected to offer in a five-year, $239.5 million supermax extension this summer as a factor in his eventual decision.
Kawhi Leonard requested a trade from the San Antonio over the summer. Many saw that as a surprise since the Spurs could have offered Leonard the Designated Player Extension as well. It looks like these players don’t care about the money. They want to play somewhere where they are comfortable and can win.
Now, that’s not to say Anthony Davis is not comfortable in New Orleans. The Brow has said many times he loves playing for the Pelicans and living in New Orleans.
However, AD has only been out of the first-round of the playoffs once in his NBA career. For an elite player like Davis, winning is all that matters, and if the Pelicans can’t build a contender around him, it looks like Davis could leave The Big Easy.