Anthony Davis' unhappiness in New Orleans was probably the worst kept secret in the league.
What really surprised folks wasn't the news that he wanted out, but the timing in which it was announced. Why would he chose to let it slip now rather than over the summer when he won't have to play in front of the fans knowing any game could be his last with the team.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps explains that the timing may be a play by Davis to give other teams (notably the Lakers) a head start on the Celtics in trade negotiations.
There's no real argument that the Celtics aren't capable of assembling the best package for Davis. Boston can't trade anymore this season because of they already used their rose rule (allows a player finishing his rookie contract to make 30 percent of a team's salary cap — up from 25 percent — if he's twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award) trade rights on Kyrie Irving.
This gives other teams a head start on negotiations, and may pressure the Pelicans to make a deal with a team other than Boston to get rid of Davis before the deadline.
It will be interesting to see what kind of play they make here, but Davis seems to have a destination in mind. The timing of this announcement is just too coincidental to prove otherwise