Anthony Davis said Friday he hasn't given the Pelicans a preferred trade destination.
ESPN reported Thursday the Lakers are his only long-term choice, and if Davis is traded to another team he would regard it as a "one-year stop" before signing with the Lakers in free agency in 2020.
"I never gave the Pelicans a destination or anything so I'm not sure where that’s coming from," Davis said Friday, via the New Orleans Advocate.
Davis, who the Pelicans selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, offered a succinct explanation for why he wants to be traded.
"I just feel like it is my time," Davis told reporters in his first public comments on the issue (via ESPN). "Gave the city, organization, fans, everything I felt like I could do. I don't know how long I'm going to play this game. People's careers are short. I felt like it is my time."
The NBA fined Davis $50,000 earlier this week after his agent, Rich Paul, publicly demanded a trade. Since then, he's been tied to several possible destinations, including the Lakers, Celtics and Knicks.