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New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis told reporters he plans to return to the court after receiving medical clearance, and that he is fine doing it with his current team.
Davis met with the media Friday for the first time since requesting a trade last weekend. He has not played since Jan. 18 after suffering a volar plate avulsion fracture in his finger.
“I just feel like it is my time,” Davis said of his trade request. “Gave the city, organization, fans, everything I felt like I could do. I don’t know how long I’m going to play this game. People’s careers are short. I felt like it is my time to move on.”
Davis, 25, is said to have the Los Angeles Lakers atop his wish list, with the New York Knicks also in the running. But Davis denied that any sort of wish list has even been communicated to the Pelicans.
“I never gave them a timetable,” he said. “I never gave them a destination.”
Davis has missed five straight games with the injury. He said he intends to have the finger re-evalutated after Saturday’s game at San Antonio and hopes to return to the court soon thereafter.
He is represented by Rich Paul, the same agent for Lakers superstar LeBron James. Apparently, Paul and James have been angling to get Davis in LA since at least last weekend.
Davis is 6-foot-10 and averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots.
“I feel like the city and the fans will continue to love me,” Davis said. “I hope so…. The fans have always supported me but I had to make the best decision for my future.”
Davis spoke for 14 minutes. He didn’t say a whole lot.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 1, 2019