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Anthony Davis on Pelicans: ‘I’ve been loyal to this organization’

Anthony Davis has pointed out how he’s been “loyal” the New Orleans Pelicans organization despite persistent and ongoing trade rumors brought upon by the team’s relative lack of success.

Davis was believed to have piqued the interest of the Boston Celtics in August and the rumors inspired him to discuss the issue with Pelicans general manager Dell Demps. Davis reiterated his loyalty to the Pelicans during an interview with ESPN while openly wondering if said dedication is being reciprocated by the team.

“He told me that (Boston) was calling, but nothing was going to happen. At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players,” Davis told ESPN. “Isaiah Thomas. DeMarcus (Cousins) told me that the [Kings] told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah took his team to the 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. … That’s what I want to do. And I want to do it here.

“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.”

Davis is in the midst of his second season of a five-year, $127 million contract. There hasn’t been any word out of New Orleans suggesting the Pelicans are seriously considering a trade of Davis.

And yet, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski notes that Davis nevertheless “remains an obsession of several NBA teams full of the necessary trade assets to unfasten him from New Orleans, should the Pelicans ever consider a rebuild — or should Davis ever request a trade.”

There have been no real indication Davis wants out of New Orleans. But the situation could change should the Pelicans (15-15) fade from playoff contention, as is the case with another Pelicans superstar ahead of the NBA trade deadline.