Two years ago, the New Orleans Pelicans locked up star forward Anthony Davis to a five-year $145-M extension. Anthony Davis has expressed loyalty for the Pelicans despite underachieving for these past few seasons. And with the Pelicans continuing in doing so, along with trade rumors to Boston, doubts have been lurking on Davis’ mind on his situation in New Orleans. Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN explained:
“Boston has remained vigilant on the possibility of acquiring Davis, and Davis knows it. However, the Pelicans have no intention of trading an all-world talent under contract through 2021, no matter the return. He walked into GM Dell Demps’ office and asked about it.”
When asked about how the conversation went with Demps, Davis said:
“He told me that Boston was calling, but nothing was going to happen. At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players. Isaiah Thomas. DeMarcus Cousins told me that the Kings told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah took his team to the Eastern Conference finals, and they traded him. It makes you wonder: Does this organization really have my back? I’ve been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we’re moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win.”
Boston may want to go all-in in getting Davis. However, if he makes an All-NBA team this season or next, he’ll be eligible for a designated veteran player extension favoring the Pelicans. It would be hard to imagine Davis turning down more money to go somewhere else. On the other hand, if that fails for the Pelicans, you can bet on teams like the Celtics to try and swing for a blockbuster trade.
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