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

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The five-time all-star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, agent Rich Paul told The Associated Press on Monday. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now". So far Kuzma has looked like a better fit next to LeBron James, and they'll need him as a floor spacer with both James and Davis on the court.

The trade deadline is February 7 at 3 p.m. ET. James' comments were construed in some circles as campaigning for Davis. Irving is a factor because of what's known as the Rose Rule, the one that says National Basketball Association teams can not trade for more than one player who has signed an extension.

Davis, who is sidelined with a fractured left index finger, reportedly informed his teammates of his impending trade request before news got around to the Pelicans front office. He has made three All-Defensive teams in his career and is the Pelicans' all-time leader in points scored, rebounds, blocks, field goals attempted and made and free throws attempted and made. It would be a risky move for the Knicks, but could potentially put them in the Eastern Conference title conversation next season if all goes to plan. Maybe an offer comes in that blows them away and they take it, but they can wait this out until after the draft (see who gets the No. 1 pick and the rights to Zion Williamson) and after July 1, when Boston and its trove of assets (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, draft picks) can get in the mix.

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"We're not trading him", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last month, one of many times he's addressed the topic.

Boston can not trade for Davis until July 1 because collective bargaining agreement rules wouldn't allow both Kyrie Irving's and Davis' contracts to be on a roster together under the designated rookie prevention provision.

I will say that "uncertainty" and rumors of a parting of the ways between Irving and Boston are all over the league. However, in the race for Davis, the Celtics find themselves a few steps behind out of the gate. We're not going to trade him, no matter what.

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