After the mess that took place this February, it looked like Anthony Davis’ career in New Orleans would be over.
However, trade discussions went nowhere at the deadline — forcing Davis to remain in New Orleans for the remainder of the season. The relationship between Davis and the Pelicans franchise seemed destroyed beyond repair. But, New Orleans recently hired former Cavaliers GM David Griffin for the same position; taking over for Dell Demps.
Griffin’s assumed first order of business would be to complete the Davis trade and rebuild for the future. But, according to a report from Will Guillory of The Athletic — Griffin is attempting to keep Davis.
Griffin says he believes AD is open to staying after discussions with Rich Paul. But he would prefer to establish if Davis is all-in or all-out on being with the Pelicans
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) April 17, 2019
David Griffin: "Rich Paul and I were part of succeeding. They will understand when I say this, 'You are either all the way or all the way out.'"
Griff going strong here. He believes Anthony Davis will want to stay.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) April 17, 2019
Shocking reports to say the least, considering Pelicans’ fans and the franchise seemed to be done with Davis. But, with a new front office regime; losing Davis does not seem to be in their interest.
The original motivation from Anthony Davis and his camp was to get the former #1 overall pick to Los Angeles to play with LeBron James. But, the Lakers recent collapse and dysfunction could have lowered their stock in the eyes of Davis. The Pelicans were also waiting for the Celtics to step up to the plate this summer. However, the Celtics young players took steps back this season as well.
Overall, keeping one of the best players in the NBA would be ideal for Griffin and the new Pelicans regime. Repairing the relationship would be a huge milestone for the franchise. But, the impending free agency of Davis is lurking over New Orleans. It would be a disaster if they lost Davis and got nothing in return. Griffin and his staff have one loaded question to answer this summer.
Davis, 26, averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in what was a broken season.