New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has been widely mentioned in trade rumors as of late, with reports suggesting that he'd welcome a trade to the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers.
Davis is under contract through the 2019-20 season, and he has a player option for 2020-21. It's unlikely that Davis will opt in, however, but rather look to sign the super max contract with the Pelicans or another team.
That's for another day, however. Right now, it doesn't sound like the Pelicans have a reason to stress about Davis' future. That's because Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Davis "hasn’t even hinted at being unhappy with his situation," in New Orleans.
On top of that, Davis' "camp hasn’t expressed any desire to move." The 25-year-old superstar isn't asking for a trade, with Kyler adding that Davis has faith in his Pelican teammates.
With Davis' potential free agency still over a year and a half away, the Pelicans have plenty of time to decide their next move with the franchise star. Whether that's extending, trading or looking to build Davis, the Pelicans have ample time to figure out what kind of direction they want to take.
Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register recently reported that Davis was interested in teaming up with joining LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, with insiders believing he would look to orchestrate such a move.
The Pelicans sit at a mere 12-13 on the season and look nothing like the team that swept the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round of the 2018 postseason. If the struggles continue, it makes sense for Davis to look for a trade, and the Pelicans would get a bundle of young assets to assist in a rebuild.
What This Means
In today's NBA, almost every superstar on a mediocre or terrible team gets mentioned in trade rumors. It's all part of the 'super team' era. In Davis' case here, the rumors won't end until he either signs an extension or gets traded.
It may be a couple of years until we find out what the future holds for Davis, so don't get too caught up with any potential trade rumors you hear. And news flash: A great deal of NBA stars these days are getting linked to joining LeBron's Lakers. You can only read so much into these rumors.