He now averages 28.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals.
Davis can also become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 if he does nothing and waits until that free agency period.
Now, Davis wants to have an actual chance to play for a championship, agent Rich Paul told Wojnarowski.
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".
Davis has expressed affection for the organization in the past, noting the team's foundation and fan base as some of the best the league has to offer. Restricted by the Designated Rookie Extension contract, Boston can not trade for Davis until July 1 because collective bargaining rules wouldn't allow both Kyrie Irving's and Davis' contracts to be on a roster together under that provision. The Celtics picked up Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers in August of 2017, so they can not trade for Davis until Irving either leaves in free agency or agrees to a new deal.More news: Taliban talks: Will negotiations lead to peace in Afghanistan?
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Although the Lakers are 26-24, ninth in the Western Conference, they're the team generating the most talk around a Davis trade. It's wonderful. We need more trades that involve four teams and 10 players in the National Basketball Association.
As Davis recently suffered a volar plate avulsion fracture of his left index finger but could return in one week, the Pelicans are now 22-28 following their third consecutive loss.
The Pelicans would hang up on the Raps' front office if they made that offer.
Boston could agree to a Davis trade with New Orleans prior to July 1 and then finalize a trade after that date. The Lakers have been interested in Davis in the past and he shares an agent with James. Last season, Davis was instrumental in the Pelicans' playoff run, powering them into the postseason as the No. 6 seed.
"We're not trading him", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last month, one of many times he's addressed the topic.
Per Wojnarowski, it's expected that almost every team in the National Basketball Association will try to make a move for Davis. The Pelicans have dropped three straight.