One of the major story lines in the NBA this summer will be the next move for Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans star has made it clear he wants out and is expecting a trade.
Davis is eligible for free agency in 2020, and recent reports indicate he would like to end up in New York or LA long term. Of course, there is still the more immediate matter of where he will play next season.
In a new profile by Sports Illustrated‘s S.L. Price, Davis’ agent Rich Paul explicitly says his client won’t sign long-term with the Boston Celtics, so he would strictly be a one-year rental for them.
More noteworthy that than, Paul goes on to add that he doesn’t foresee Davis inking an extension with any team before 2020, even if he is traded to the Lakers or Knicks, his reported preferred destinations.
Posturing? Maybe. But get ready for another year of it, because Paul says Davis won’t be signing an extension anywhere this summer.
“Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul says. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”
Now, Paul has to say this so he and Davis maintain any leverage they have in the market. Could the star big man actually wind up signing an extension before next summer? Sure, it’s possible.
And, as Price goes on to point out in the next line, it technically does matter where Davis is traded to this summer, because that team will be able to offer him the highest-possible contract offer in free agency. Paul knows this.
Either way, expect plenty of drama and intrigue with how this situation is unfolding. Buckle up.