Pelicans GM reportedly ‘not picking up his phone’ amid Anthony Davis drama
The machinations that will lead for Anthony Davis’ eventual exodus out of New Orleans were set in motion Monday when his agent indicated the superstar will not sign an extension with the Pelicans and officially requested a trade.
The Pelicans are under no obligation — nor arguably an incentive — to trade their disgruntled superstar before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, and general manager Dell Demps’ activities — or lack thereof — indicate that may indeed be how things play out in the near future.
Demps is presently “not picking up his phone,” a source familiar with the situation has indicated, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
The NBA announced Tuesday that Davis was fined $50,000 “for violating a collectively-bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands,” although that’s a pittance and minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.
The Pelicans do not appear inclined to rush any potential trade deliberations — which makes complete sense for the organization — as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the team won’t even consider dealing Davis unless the team is “offered an overwhelming package.”
The Lakers appear to be the most likely team that will at least attempt to blow the Pelicans away with an offer they can’t refuse, although New Orleans could still wait out the situation past the deadline.
The Boston Celtics are believed most capable of compiling the best package but cannot make an offer until the offseason due to the “Rose Rule,” so Demps’ evident decision to avoid trade discussions at this time appears to be a savvy — and advisable — move.
After all, there are no shortage of suitors for Davis, so a trade-offer frenzy is seemingly inevitable. Remaining patient will only better serve the Pelicans on that front.