Jones: Pierce says Davis ‘will not be in New Orleans by end of year’

Pelicans star Anthony Davis recently changed agents, perhaps moving Davis closer to LeBron James and the Lakers.

Some random pindowns from across The Associaton…

A.D. on the move?

Earlier this week, word got out about Anthony Davis changing agents, leaving agent Thad Foucher, according to a report from ESPN, and possibly kicking around joining Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.

Davis’ possible move toward Paul and Klutch Sports of course only served to shorten the already-hot fuse he will be headed to a bigger-market team, sooner than later.

Former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce believes New Orleans will be forced to deal Davis if the 2018-19 season does not go well in the first portion of the campaign.

“If things don’t go well in New Orleans this year and they’re hovering around .500 or not looking like a playoff team, Boston’s going to make a run at him or the Lakers,” Pierce said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I guarantee you that. He will not be in New Orleans by the end of the year.

“If they’re not playing well he will not make it to All-Star Weekend.”

As far as changing agents, Pierce endorses Davis hanging his hat with Paul, LeBron James’ close friend and agent, with an eye toward getting him to Los Angeles to join James.

“What better guy to do [Davis’ move to the Lakers] than Rich Paul?” Pierce said. “He pretty much controls the market. Guys are running left and right to be represented by him.

“This is classic… I think there are some things in the NBA we don’t know about. Something’s brewing.”

Bickerstaff: Grizzlies back on prowl

J.B. Bickerstaff can’t wait to get going in his first full season as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and more to the point, he’s pumped up about Mike Conley, the Grizzlies’ floor leader, who missed most of last season because of surgery to smooth a small bone protrusion in his left heel.

“There’s no doubt about it,” Bickerstaff told the Commercial Appeal when asked if Conley is healthy. “Mike’s been playing pickup, those types of things. Chandler’s (Chandler Parsons) been playing pick up …

“For the first time in a long time, we’re looking at walking into training camp with healthy bodies and healthy, high caliber players. Not just guys who would be your 13th or 14th man. We’ve got our studs healthy, which we’re looking forward to.”

Conley played in only 12 games last season, averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 times. His last appearance was on Nov. 13.

Bickerstaff, who took over the Grizzlies after David Fizdale was given the gate, is confident Memphis will not resemble the bottom-feeding squad it became last season, finishing with an abysmal 22-60 record.

“We’re going to be a completely different team than you guys saw at the end of last season,” he said. “Our front office and ownership group have done a great job bringing in different players with different skill sets that kind of fit the theme and the direction that we’re heading in. We’re not as young as we used to be.

We’ve brought in some proven, veteran guys like Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack, those type of guys, who can accentuate what Marc (Gasol) can do.”

Feeling a draft

The Cleveland Cavaliers have high hopes for rookie point guard Collin Sexton, whom they selected with the eighth overall selection in the draft June 21.

As far as what Sexton, who played one season at Alabama, would have to do this season to become the best Cleveland draft pick in many a year, well, safe to say the bar isn’t set too high.

Collin Sexton is the first player drafted by the Cavaliers since the 2015 season.

Here’s a list of the Cavaliers’ draft choices for the decade leading up to the selection of Sexton:

* 2017 — No picks

* 2016 — No picks

* 2015 — Tyus Jones (24), traded to Minnesota; Sir’Dominic Pointer (53)

* 2014 — Andrew Wiggins (1); Joe Harris (33)

* 2013 — Anthony Bennett (1); Sergey Karasev (19); Allen Crabbe (31); Carrick Felix (33)

* 2012 — Dion Waiters (4); Jared Cunningham (23); Bernard James (33); Jae Crowder (34)

* 2011 — Kyrie Irving (1); Tristan Thompson (4); Justin Harper (32); Milan Macvan (54)

* 2010 — No picks

* 2009 — Christian Eyenga (30); Danny Green (46)

* 2008 — J.J. Hickson (19)

Sexton was chosen with the pick acquired in the Irving trade on Aug. 22, 2017, which was the unprotected first-round selection of the Brooklyn Nets.

Looking at that list, Irving, Wiggins, Thompson, Crowder, Green, Crabbe and Harris are range from spectacular to serviceable.

Where will Sexton fall in that group?

R.J. a popular fella

Richard Jefferson wants to play at least one more season in the NBA, but if he doesn’t, not surprisingly, television networks will be knocking at his door, accord to  Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.

“First off, there is major TV interest in Jefferson from ESPN, YES and for Clippers game broadcasts, but Jefferson still wants to play his 18th season, if he can,” Marchand reported.

Marchand elaborated about YES, the network that broadcasts Brooklyn Nets games.

Richard Jefferson has worked the past two postseasons with Fred McLeod & Co. on Fox Sports Ohio.

“Jefferson could potentially join the Nets’ TV crew on YES as a part-time game and studio analyst,” he wrote. “Sarah Kustok will remain on the No. 1 team with Ian Eagle either way. The Clippers are also in play for Jefferson as a game analyst.”

The 38-year-old Jefferson, a beloved member of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team who did TV work for the Cavs on Fox Sports Ohio during the playoffs the past two seasons, still wants to play, though.

“I’m a basketball player until I am not a basketball player,” he said, according to Marchand. “My goal is to play basketball this season.”

Jefferson played in only 20 games for the Denver Nuggets last season.

Wash, rinse, repeat

Sadly, Isaiah Thomas will possibly never be the great player he once was because of injury, but there’s nothing physically wrong with his voice skills.

The former Sacramento King, Boston Celtic, Cleveland Cavalier and Los Angeles Laker and current Denver Nugget was asked to name his top five point guards in the NBA — right now — and, not surprising, well… we’ll let IT speak for himself:

After that? I got nothing…

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