Alvin Gentry: Anthony Davis 'Made It Clear He Wants to Play' Amid Trade Rumors

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Although New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis wants a trade, head coach Alvin Gentry said Monday the center plans to stay on the court as long as he is healthy, per Andrew Lopez of the Times-Picayune.

"He's under contract. He's a professional," Gentry said of Davis, per Lopez. "... He's made it clear he wants to play."

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Davis has requested a trade and won't be signing another extension with the Pelicans when his contract is up.

Although New Orleans reportedly "doesn't feel pressure" to make a deal before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, several contending teams are considering trades for the All-Star to help for this campaign before flipping him again in the offseason.

A team could also hold him for another season before letting him pick his destination in two years. The 25-year-old can enter free agency in the summer of 2020 if he declines his $28.8 million player option for 2020-21.

While he has no reported preferred destination at the moment, Davis wants to go to a contender.

"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship," his agent, Rich Paul, said Monday.

Considering the Pelicans are just 22-28 this season and Davis has no intentions of staying in New Orleans, there is seemingly no reason for them to keep their superstar for the rest of the year if they can find an adequate deal before the deadline.

However, the loss of Davis has potential to negatively impact the rest of the roster.

Jrue Holiday could be the next to request a trade after saying the center was "like 90 percent" of the reason he re-signed with the team, per Lopez

The point guard signed a five-year, $126 extension in 2017 and has more than lived up to it, averaging 21.2 points, 8.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game this year, all of which would be career highs. But he could want out before he can hit free agency in 2021.

In the meantime, he isn't upset with his teammate for requesting a trade, which he found out about before the news came out.

"He's a brother to me," Holiday said. "We understand."

While New Orleans entered the year with high expectations, things appear to be going south in a hurry.

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