Anthony Davis has told New Orleans Pelicans he won't re-sign

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Davis doesn't plan on signing a contract extension with the Pelicans and has requested a trade out of New Orleans, and it's no secret that the Celtics (along with just about every other team in the league) are interested in acquiring him. If Davis were traded to Boston he could walk after a season, but he'd be leaving a lot of money on the table (if Davis signs short-term contracts wherever he is traded he can get close to the $240 million New Orleans can offer). He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.

Woj goes on in some follow up tweets to explain that Anthony Davis desires to be traded to a team that will allow him to compete for titles on a regular basis. It is a move that will resonate around the league, one that will have most - if not all - teams trying to see how they can put together a package good enough for the Pelicans to send Davis their way. If a team like the Lakers wants to ensure Davis doesn't end up in green and white, the time for action is now. He now averages 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals.

The trade deadline is February 7 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Davis' agent, Rich Paul, dropped a bombshell early Monday morning by handing in a trade request in behalf of his client. He's an elite superstar on a team that hasn't gotten past the second round of the playoffs since he's been in New Orleans - and in four of his first six full seasons, the Pelicans didn't qualify for the post-season at all. The Pelicans have also no reason to deal Davis to the Lakers unless they are enamored with L.A.'s prospects-the same group of players who have struggled without James on the floor.

But trading Winslow before July 1 is complicated. There will undoubtedly be a mad dash to snag Davis as soon as possible, especially given that the Boston Celtics - longtime pursuers of Davis - are now prohibited by National Basketball Association rules from trading for the big man as long as Kyrie Irving is on the roster.

There have been questions for years about the ceiling of the Damian Lillard-McCollum backcourt, and landing Davis would completely change the makeup of the Blazers.

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