The New Orleans Pelicans have no plans to move superstar Anthony Davis, and are taking a patient approach to see how happy Davis remains with the franchise.
During an appearance on Jeff Goodman’s ‘The Good N’ Plenty Podcast‘, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix spoke, at length, about Davis’ situation with the Pelicans.
“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.”
“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, 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.”
Pelicans Respond to David Stern’s Comments on Dell Demps
The New Orleans Pelicans are firing back at comments made by former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who took a few shots at Pelicans’ general manager Dell Demps, calling him a “lousy” general manager while stating that he could be the reason Anthony Davis bolts in free agency next summer.
The team issued the following statement:
“We are very disappointed to read the inappropriate and inaccurate comments from the former NBA Commissioner regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. Our organization has the utmost confidence in our General Manager, Dell Demps. He is part of our family, the NBA family. We are excited about the direction of our team, the 3-0 start of this season, building on the success of the 2017/18 playoffs.
“Finally, our organization is excited and proud to be part of the NBA with the progressive and innovative leadership of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.”
Stern wasn’t exactly popular, and his arrogance has surfaced in the past, but Stern going out of his way to attack a general manager in the manner that he did seems petty, and unprofessional. Stern may need to find something else to do with his time.
Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Looking for Reasons to Stay in New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar big man Anthony Davis will be mentioned a lot in trade rumors, but in case you’re thinking that the All-Star is looking for a way out of the Big Easy, Davis is reportedly looking for a reason to stay.
“My sense has always been with Anthony that he is always: some players are looking for reasons to stay and some players are looking for reasons to leave,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said, during an appearance on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show (h/t RealGM). “I’ve always thought that Anthony is a guy looking for reasons to stay in New Orleans. And I think that will continue to be the case until he feels he’s out of them.
“I do think down the line that the Boston and L.A., if he became available, that will be interesting, especially if the Lakers get shut out this summer.”
Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor to Undergo X-Ray on Ankle Injury
New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor will undergo an X-ray on the ankle he injured during Sunday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bulls that forced the veteran to leave the United Center with crutches, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Okafor signed with New Orleans during the offseason, inking a two-year deal with only $500,000 guaranteed, and is likely to fit into a reserve role behind starters Anthony Davis and new addition Julius Randle.
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