Morning sports update: Anthony Davis reportedly requests trade, wants move to ‘championship’ team

"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship."

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Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving after a Celtics-Pelicans game in December, 2018. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Patriots players begin Super Bowl week with “Opening Night” on Monday. The Rams go first at 7 p.m., with the Patriots slated for 9 p.m.

The Celtics face Nets at home at 7:30 p.m., while the Bruins return to action on Tuesday against the Jets at 7 p.m.

Anthony Davis has reportedly requested a trade: The rumors have swirled for a long time regarding Pelicans center Anthony Davis and a possible trade to the Celtics. On Monday morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Davis’s agent, Rich Paul, has notified New Orleans that Davis has requested a trade.

Davis can become a free agent in the summer of 2020. Wojnarowski followed up, noting that Paul has said Davis wants to be traded to a contender.


However, as Celtics fans know, Boston is essentially out of the Davis sweepstakes this season. The Celtics can’t have both Kyrie Irving and Davis on their roster under current circumstances as part of the “Rose Rule.”

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