Davis won’t play against LeBron’s Lakers on Saturday night

LeBron James has reason to smile as Anthony Davis of the Pelicans won't play against the Lakers tonight.

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans will not play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night because of rest, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

Davis played 20 minutes in the Pelicans’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, contributing 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Sitting out Saturday night means Davis won’t go against LeBron James’ Lakers, Davis’ preferred destination when his agent, Rich Paul, announced Davis would not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded. Paul, of Klutch Sports, also represents his good friend, James.

“League rules made it clear Anthony has to play,” Pelicans interim general manager Danny Ferry  said, referencing the Pelicans’ plans for Davis. “As we’ve done previously, we will continue to follow their lead but also be focused on the future of the team.”

Davis is averaging 27.8 points and 12.8 rebounds in 46 games this season for the Pelicans. He will most likely his the nightcap of back-to-backs the rest of the season and Ferry has indicated Davis’ minutes will range from 20 to 25 per game.