The Boston Celtics are among a list of teams pursuing Anthony Davis. But before Boston, or any other team in the league, took a chance on AD, Rich Paul had to let the world know that his client’s 2020 free agency is an inevitability.
“Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. 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.”
He specifically warns the Celtics that if they make a deal for Davis, it would likely only result in a one-year rental.
“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul explained. “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.”
Admittedly, it makes the most sense for A.D. to opt-out. He can get the most money by signing a shiny new max contract rather than adding an extension to whatever team he is on next year. But the fact that he will be a free agent in 2020 regardless should make teams very cautious to trade for him.
Unless you are the Lakers or Knicks, there is a very low chance he is going to stick around. And considering the Pelicans are not fond of New York’s assets, the Davis sweepstakes or the Lakers’ to lose.