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.