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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Anthony Davis will not sign extension with any team before free agency

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis has some control over which team trades for him in the sense that he can refuse to sign a long-term extension with a team he does not want to play for, but he apparently has zero intention of signing a new deal before free agency, anyway.

Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, spoke with S.L. Price of Sports Illustrated this week for a lengthy feature, and he was asked about the talk that Davis does not want to play for the Boston Celtics. He confirmed that the Celtics would only be getting a rental player if they acquired Davis, but he also emphasized that the star big man is going to enter free agency no matter where he ends up.

“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul said. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”

While that was an obvious message to the Celtics to not bother, Paul said the same goes for any team.

“We’re going into free agency,” Paul declared. “Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”

In reality, any team would be taking a risk by trading for Davis. There are reportedly two teams that he is interested in playing for long-term, but a lot can change in the course of a year. Kyrie Irving verbally committed to sign a long-term extension with the Celtics prior to this season, and he suddenly seems as good as gone after a tumultuous year in Boston that led to him being bashed by teammates.

If a team like the Celtics acquires Davis, they would be doing so with the hope that they could convince him to stick around beyond next season. That may be a tall task, but it is a risk worth taking for a once-in-a-generation talent.

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