Davis says he'll keep playing in New Orleans despite trade request

Dell Demps says Pels will play AD as long as he wants to play

Don Ames
February 07, 2019 - 8:38 pm

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New Orleans Pelicans' General Manager Dell Demps released a statement Thursday night saying that Anthony Davis will play the remainder of the 2018-19 season for the Pelicans.

"A number of factors contributed to this decision," the statement reads. "Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies. We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon."

Davis told New Orleans he would not sign an extension in late January. The Lakers made multiple offers for Davis, including one which featured two first-round picks and multiple players, but ultimately no deal was reached.

New Orleans had considered shutting down the 25-year-old star for the rest of the season after he asked to be traded. But, the team did not move Davis before Thursday’s deadline.

NBA executives were reported to be worried about Davis being forced to sit out by New Orleans in this situation.

 

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