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The New Orleans Pelicans intend to try to convince Anthony Davis to rescind his trade request and stay with the organization, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The All-Star big man requested a trade in January, and despite the Pelicans winning the draft lottery and the possible rights to Zion Williamson, Davis reportedly is still seeking to move on.
New vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said he will meet with Davis to discuss his future with the organization. Griffin has already met with Rich Paul, Davis’ high-profile agent who Griffin knows from his time as Cleveland Cavaliers general manager.
Griffin and Paul have a strong relationship, as Paul represents former Cavs and current Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, as well as current Cavs center Tristan Thompson and banished shooting guard J.R. Smith.
Griffin and Paul successfully negotiated deals for all three players in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, Davis is eligible for a super-max contract extension, but only with New Orleans. For the time being, neither that nor the prospect of playing alongside Williamson is enough for Davis to back off his trade request. Davis’ contract expires at the end of next season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.
The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers are among those who are expected to make a run at Davis this offseason.