Anthony Davis not sure if Pelicans will trade him this offseason
Despite the prevailing belief Anthony Davis has played his last game for the New Orleans Pelicans, the superstar remains uncertain whether a deal will be made in the coming months.
The Pelicans wrapped up a dysfunctional 2018-19 campaign Tuesday night with a 112-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors. On Wednesday morning amid the season postmortem, Davis was relatively forthright when addressing his future. The superstar expressed skepticism that the Pelicans would trade him prior to naming a new general manager.
“It’s hard to say that when they’re looking for a GM,” Davis said when asked whether he thinks he’ll be traded this summer, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “Not sure what the new GM is thinking or what they plan to do but as soon as the Pelicans appoint a GM then those questions will definitely be asked.”
The Pelicans are believed to be closing in on naming a new GM, and the expectation at this point is the Pelicans will name a new general manager sooner rather than later.
Even if a new GM is hired, it does not guarantee the Pelicans will trade Davis, something the star understands, perhaps reluctantly.
“I’m under contract still. I have a year left. Obviously it’s a possibility it could happen,” Davis said. “I don’t have ill will towards anybody. I know that it’s a possibility that next year I could be here as well. So I can’t be mad if I’m here next year.”
It would be quite the stunner if the Pelicans failed to deal Davis this summer. There is no way the organization wants to deal with a full season of distractions after navigating the past few months in the wake of his very public trade demand.
Still, the Pelicans don’t have to make a trade if an offer to their liking does not present itself, even more so if one particular team comes calling.
Odds are Davis will nevertheless be dealt this coming summer despite all the posturing, and parting ways obviously would be best for all involved parties.