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Some within the New Orleans Pelicans believe Anthony Davis has already played his last game for the organization, according to Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate.
Meanwhile, Davis told Kushner following Sunday’s All-Star Game that he intends to resume his normal workload and finish out the season.
Davis played a team-low five minutes (and scored five points) in Team LeBron’s 178-164 win over Team Giannis. He suffered a minor shoulder injury in the Pelicans’ final game before the break, and told Kushner the plan all along was to play limited minutes to avoid further injury. He told Kushner the shoulder is “fine.”
Davis requested a trade late last month and indicated he is open to playing for just about any other franchise. But he told Kushner other stars did not make any recruiting pitches over the weekend in Charlotte.
“Guys didn’t talk about it,” he told Kushner. “I mean we didn’t even see each other that much to talk about it. We were just here to get ready for this game today and that’s really what we did.”
Marc Stein of the New York Times told ESPN Radio prior to the game that it was “nonstop Anthony Davis talk” during the weekend’s festivities.
“They have to shelve him for their own good,” Stein added. “Teams have to be able to exercise their own rights to protect themselves in that situation.”
Davis is 6-foot-10 and averaging 28.1 points and 12.9 rebounds, as well as 2.5 blocks. He was heavily pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics prior to the trade deadline, and those two and more are expected to do the same after the season. He is eligible for free agency in July 2020.
The Pelicans return to action Friday at home against the Indiana Pacers.
Next week is going to be weird (again).
There are people within the Pelicans who believe AD has played his last game for the franchise.
AD has made it perfectly clear this weekend he intends to keep playing.
The NBA didn’t clarify its position. So what’s the tipping point?
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 18, 2019