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All-Star big man Anthony Davis has indicated he wants to play for the New Orleans Pelicans for the rest of the season. Members of the Pelicans’ front office are more inclined to make sure Davis sits. And the NBA wants him on the floor.
Basically, the Davis saga marches on as the Pelicans get ready to open the post-All-Star portion of the schedule Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, there were “strong signals” over the weekend that acting general manager Danny Ferry and the Pelicans intend to discuss the matter with league officials. The goal being, per Stein, to get the league to re-think its stance that Davis should play out the season.
Davis, 25, requested a trade last month after informing the Pelicans he would not be signing a contract extension with the team. He is eligible to become a free agent in July 2020.
Stein and several other league analysts/insiders have argued that it’s in the Pelicans’ best interest to keep Davis sitting and healthy, so that his trade value remains high.
“Rival teams, meanwhile, can whine all they want about the Pelicans supposedly trying to improve their draft pick in June by sitting Davis now,” Stein wrote. “The truth is any team in New Orleans’ position, resigned to trading Davis and getting as much as possible in return, would want to put him in bubble wrap as quickly as possible.”
Davis told Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate he intends to return to the court and play for the Pelicans, who now must wait until the offseason to negotiate a deal.