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New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis is under contract until 2021 and the franchise has no intentions to trade or entertain offers for him, according to Yahoo Sports insider Chris Mannix.
Davis, who is arguably a top five player in the NBA, won his first playoff series this past season when the Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round. But the roster, however, is going to look different in 2018-19.
Rajon Rondo, who was instrumental in getting Davis easy looks with his stellar passing, signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis was reportedly upset about being blindsided by the rapid deterioration of negotiations between the Pelicans and Rondo.
Then there’s DeMarcus Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. Cousins, who tore his Achilles tendon, turned down an extension from the Pelicans before the season ended and didn’t receive any offers once free agency started.
The Pelicans replaced Rondo with Elfrid Payton and Cousins with Julius Randle. In a rugged Western Conference, New Orleans might struggle to make the playoffs.
So the question has to be asked: Will Davis start to get impatient in New Orleans and become frustrated? According to Mannix, that’s what teams around the league are waiting for.
“When I talk to people down in New Orleans – and look, they’re now fully entrenched there, I believe both the coaches and GM got extensions somewhat recently – they’re not talking about moving Anthony Davis,” Mannix said. “They’re not entertaining anything seriously about moving Anthony Davis. That could change, and probably will change once, and if, Davis starts grumbling publicly or privately about where they’re at.
“What everyone around the league is zeroing in on [is to see what Anthony Davis does]. They are waiting for the first time that Anthony Davis grumbles a little bit. They’re waiting to see either private or public consternation from Anthony Davis. That’s the first domino to fall: once he starts griping a little bit about what’s going on there, and why they can’t put their type of team around him, that’s when you start to panic in New Orleans.”