Anthony Davis’ NBA All-Star Weekend Comments Add Layer to Trade Saga

    It didn't take long for the Anthony Davis trade saga to add another layer. The Pelicans forward said he would be open to playing with any of the other 29

    February 18, 2019

    It didn’t take long for the Anthony Davis trade saga to add another layer.

    The Pelicans forward said he would be open to playing with any of the other 29 teams when meeting with the media in Charlotte during the NBA All-Star weekend, creating the opportunity for New Orleans to get a wider range of offers than previously thought available. According to Stadium NBA Insider Shams Charania, Davis was set on signing a long-term deal with the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks or Knicks after he first made his trade request. The superstar walked back on those comments over the weekend.

    “Big market, small market, I just want to win,” Davis told reporters during his media availability in Charlotte. “It really doesn’t matter about markets. It’s about the best situation for me, the best fit for me.”

    [RELATED: How the Pelicans Failed Anthony Davis: A Timeline]

    Davis also said the Celtics, the team that might have the best trade package available among all interested franchises, were a potential long-term home, but according to Charania, Davis will not re-sign a long-term deal in Boston despite his public comments.

    Adding to the saga is Davis’ shoulder contusion which he suffered in the first half of New Orleans’ 131-122 win over Oklahoma City before the break. Davis and agent Rich Paul reportedly left the arena after the star suffered the injury, creating more waves across the league.

    Although Davis played five minutes in the All-Star game and plans to keep playing moving forward, this is a situation worth monitoring. The forward has never played a full season in his career, and he won’t accomplish that this season. If Davis gets seriously hurt, the Pelicans might not get the return on him they would need in order to successfully rebuild the roster after trading away their star. New Orleans is also a better team when Davis plays, potentially costing the franchise crucial draft position down the stretch, so it will be interesting to see if the NBA pressures the Pelicans to play Davis later in the year if New Orleans does in fact decide to sit their All-Star.

    When breaking down Davis’ recent comments, you realize that they’re either boldfaced lies or self-recognition that he won’t truly determine his destination until the 2020 offseason. As for New Orleans, in waiting until at least the summer to make their move, they allow themselves to get the best deal possible depending on how the lottery plays out and where other free agents land. The Pelicans aren’t obligated to make a move until next season’s trade deadline, but it’s hard to see the franchise sticking with Davis until that point.

    It’s very possible that Davis’ recent comments open the door for a dark-horse team to make an offer in the near future. If the Pelicans do end up sending Davis to a club outside his list of preferred long-term spots, this already draining saga will likely extend to the 2020 offseason.

    MORE: Shams Charania on Pelicans Parting Ways With GM Dell Demps

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