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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Talks Playoffs, Trade Rumors

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New Orleans Pelicans’ big man and franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis is intent on making the playoffs but is also addressing the oft-mentioned trade rumors linking him to the Boston Celtics.

Davis spoke about his goal of making the playoffs, touching on his own inexperience at playing in the NBA tournament.

“I hear it all the time: ‘Anthony is a good player, but he hasn’t won anything” Davis said in an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“He’s not a winner. He hasn’t been to the playoffs in two years.’ It bothers me. You know you’re doing everything in your power to try and win. Playing through injuries, playing a ton of minutes, diving on the floor, but you just can’t come up with enough wins to go to the playoffs.

And it isn’t enough just going to the playoffs. You want to make noise. You want to be a threat. People judge you. For DeMarcus and me, this is the time. The time is now.”

Davis mentioned how he wants to see the Pelicans build a strong roster so that they can see continued success.

“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland. Boston. They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well. KD-Steph-Draymond-Klay. They play so well with each other. They move the basketball. They don’t care who scores. Steph and Draymond are out, and they still won. KD is out. They still win.”

Anthony also spoke about the aforementioned trade rumors.

“[GM Dell Demps] told me that [Boston] was calling, but nothing was going to happen. At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players. DeMarcus told me that the [Kings] told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah [Thomas] took his team to 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, [Rajon] Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win. It’s not about the money. It’s not about having fans. The most important thing to me: Winning. That’s what I want to do. And I want to do it here.”

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Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton to Miss 6 Weeks

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The New Orleans Pelicans will be without guard Elfrid Payton for up to six weeks, according to an official team report.

Payton suffered a fractured left fifth finger against the New York Knicks on November 16 and will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair the fracture. New Orleans signed him as a free agent this offseason and he has been a great fit in the backcourt this season.

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Pelicans Respond to David Stern’s Comments on Dell Demps

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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.

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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Looking for Reasons to Stay in New Orleans

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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.”

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