Early this morning ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bomb when he revealed that Anthony Davis had officially requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans a week before the NBA trade deadline.
Los Angeles is the most likely trade destination Davis considering that he shares an agent with Lakers star LeBron James and the fact that the Celtics can’t trade for him until the offseason.
Here’s a quick explanation of the “Rose Rule” that is preventing the Celtics from trading for Davis today.
Via Celtics Blog.
So, why isn’t Davis playing in Boston yet? Well, there are a few reasons. The primary thing keeping Davis from being a Celtic is that NBA rules prohibit Ainge from swinging a trade for Davis at the moment.
Why is this? Because the Celtics previously traded for Kyrie Irving. Both Davis and Irving signed contract extensions under the “5th Year 30% Max Criteria”, which is informally known as the Rose Rule (as Derrick Rose was the first player to sign such an extension), and currently known as the Designated Player Rookie Extension. This rule allows a player coming off their rookie scale contract to sign an extension that allows them to skip the 1-6 years of service 25% max salary tier and go immediately to the 7-9 years of service 30% max salary tier. To get there, players have to meet certain criteria. When Davis and Irving signed their extensions, it was based on MVP awards, All-NBA selections and being voted in as All-Star starters. The Designated Player criteria now is based on winning MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, or All-NBA selections.
According to LA Times sports writer Brad Turner, the New Orleans Pelicans are starting negotiations by demanding Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and a first round pick for Davis.
If these are the actual demands from the Pelicans then the Lakers would be foolish to not instantly accept them.