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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’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz

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Pelicans’ Stanley Johnson Set to Hit Free Agency

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Stanley Johnson is set to hit free agency after the team declined to extend him a qualifying offer, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

By doing so, the Pelicans will have around $28 million in cap space as they enter free agency.

Johnson could be a target of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Pelicans Pick Up Option on Jahlil Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans have picked up the option on center Jahlil Okafor for next season, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The option will cost $1.7 million, and given the resurgent play of Okafor, who seemed headed for bust status prior to getting a chance in New Orleans, it’s an affordable price to pay.

Okafor really shined when he took over playing time from Anthony Davis last season and finished the year averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game

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