Teams interested in trading for Davis this season likely face an uphill battle, both because the Pelicans aren't in a scenario where they must make a decision at present time. If Davis doesn't re-sign, he is eligible to be a free agent in the summer of 2020.
Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this season. Davis shares an agent with James.
However, the Celtics still have a chance to win the AD sweepstakes - they just need to hope Davis is a Pelican after the deadline.
While it creates for an uncomfortable situation, the Pelicans are hardly up against the wall as the February 7 trade deadline nears. Restricted by the Rose Rule, Boston can not trade for Davis until July 1 because league rules wouldn't allow Kyrie Irving's and Davis' contracts under the provision on the roster together. 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.
Saints fans are still reeling from a non-call for pass interference last week that played a major role in their team losing the NFC championship game to the Los Angeles Rams and being denied a Super Bowl berth. "I can say that to the world".
Davis' declaration on wanting out now gives teams other than the Boston Celtics a head start in pursuing trades for Davis. That higher amount reflects the average in the past year of his rookie contract and new extension but would complicate any trade involving him. If Paul and Davis had made the request during the summer, the Celtics could've made perhaps the most appealing trade offer to New Orleans, based around a young player (or two) and a bevy of draft picks. That's the last time they were.500 as New Orleans has gone 7-13 since then to fall to 22-28, 13th in the West and six games behind the LA Clippers for the final playoff spot.