Irving could potentially facilitate a Davis trade before July 1 by signing a contract extension with the Celtics now, but that would limit his earnings potential this summer when he becomes a free agent.
On the timing of telling Pelicans now, Rich Paul tells ESPN: "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now". It would be in New Orleans' best interest to wait until the Celtics can join the fun, but the biggest concern is that a team will blow them away with an offer over the next week, one the Celtics won't be able to counter at this time.
Still, trade chatter has ramped up this season, especially after Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James - who is represented by Paul, just as Davis is - included the New Orleans star on a list of players that he would love to play with. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports the Lakers would likely have to open trade discussions for Davis by offering Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick.
The Pelicans are hoping to discuss the frameworks of an offseason trade with the Celtics, according to Fischer. Let's start with one of the most pressing questions: Is Davis making a play to team up with LeBron James? He'll nearly certainly become a six-time All-Star later this week when the National Basketball Association announces the full rosters for this year's game that will be played February 17 in Charlotte.
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Fitzgerald only stopped when other drivers intervened and boxed in the auto on the busy road, authorities said. Kamrwoski told WBZ the incident started when Fitzgerald swerved into his lane and bumped his auto .
New Orleans is 22-28 and has lost three straight and seven of its last eight games, putting it at No. 13 in the Western Conference playoff chase. Their win over the Portland Trail Blazers in last year's playoffs was the first time they've made it out of the first round after the team was swept by the Warriors in 2015. Boston could agree to a Davis trade before July 1 that isn't finalized until after that date. "I can say that to the world".
Davis's request means we're in the endgame now, but it's impossible to know which of the millions of realities he'll end up in.
Per Wojnarowski, it's expected that almost every team in the National Basketball Association will try to make a move for Davis. Paul has been a long time friend of James, and is now his agent, so wanting to pair the two together is no surprise.
A year ago at this time, the Pelicans had perhaps the most dominant frontcourt in the National Basketball Association with Davis lining up with DeMarcus Cousins.