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’ Nikola Mirotic Close to Returning
Mirotic has been out of action since December 10th with a right ankle injury, but says he is close to returning to action.
“I’m getting better every day,” Mirotic said, according to Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com . “I’m doing treatment. A lot of work individually, on the court, off the court. Today was a great day because we did a lot of cardio also, a lot of movement laterally. So, it was good. It was pretty good.”
Mirotic has averaged 17.4 points and 9.2 rebounds over 25 games this season for New Orleans.
“Being away was hard, but I’m always trying to be positive and learning what I can do to help the team to get better. I’m almost there and just looking forward to being back.”
Pelicans, Rockets Interested in Bulls’ Justin Holiday
Holiday is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and with Chicago looking to rebuild, he could fetch some draft pick assets via a trade.
Holiday is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Bulls this season.
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Says Team Will Not Trade Anthony Davis
As the sports world continues to talk about New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar Anthony Davis’ likely departure from the team in free agency, and a potential trade to teams such as the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers, to name a few, head coach Alvin Gentry is doing his part to squash the scuttlebutt.
“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said of any potential trade involving Davis, according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.
“I can say that to the world. We’re not gonna trade him, no matter what. That’s not an option. It doesn’t matter what anybody says or does. We’re not trading Anthony Davis.”
Despite the proclamation, the trade rumor fires will continue to burn all season long, and until Davis reaches the free agent market.
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