If he does not already, Anthony Davis is going to rue the day he allowed his agent to make an official trade request to leave the New Orleans Pelicans.
Davis did not get dealt by the Feb. 7 in-season deadline, which means he’ll remain on the Pelicans until at least the 2019 offseason. The trade request came too close to the deadline for New Orleans to have a reasonable process to move the All-NBA big man, one of the most talented players of his generation, with more than a full season left on a below-market value contract.
Further, the mere specter of a wild NBA offseason leaves the market in odd shape, further incentivizing the Pelicans to wait. (Never mind that one of the top suitors for Davis — the Celtics — could not trade for Davis in-season due to a salary-cap quirk. Davis’ camp knew this going in.)