Let the conjecture and rumor mill for Anthony Davis’s future begin.
The 25-year-old superstar announced that he signed with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports (the agency that LeBron James has a business stake in which kind of feels like a conflict of interest) over the weekend.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) September 23, 2018
While not necessarily a dead ringer, a star athlete deciding to switch agents mid-career and join such a high-profile agency has traditionally been a precursor to wanting to establish their brand in another market.
Davis has two years left on his current super-max deal with the Pelicans until he can opt out and become a free agent in 2020. Some would surmise that means that if the Pelicans take a step back this season or are unable to improve or add any additional talent this season or next summer that the clock will start ticking on Davis’s time in the NOLA and he could become the biggest star on the trade market in recent NBA history.
Does signing with LeBron’s agency mean a play to join LeBron in LA in 2020? Does Davis have his sights set elsewhere? Or is he truly still committed to the Pelicans organization and this decision has nothing to do with any of that?
How the team fares this season and what happens in the ever evolving association will help give us some clarity to that answer.
Davis is one of three to five best players in the world and the Pelicans need to exhaust every available option to make him happy and keep him for as long as possible.