Following the bombshell that New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis wants to be moved by the franchise, the team on Monday released a statement to ESPN.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out the statement from the Pelicans:
"This past weekend, Anthony Davis' representatives informed us that Anthony does not wish to sign a contract extension with our team and subsequently has requested a trade.
"Although we are disappointed in this decision our organization's top priority is to bring an NBA championship to our city and fans build our team for long-term success. Relative to specific talks of a trade, we will do this on our timeline.
"One that make sense for our team and it will not be dictated by those outside of our organization. We have also requested the League to strictly enforce the tampering rules associated with this transaction."
Davis rejected the chance to sign a five-year, $240 million supermax extension with the Pelicans this summer. He can can become a free agent in July 2020.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are all viewed as teams that intend to make a strong bid for Davis.