Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
Anthony Davis may not be moved by the NBA trading on February 7 but could still play his last match with New Orleans Pelicans.
On Wednesday, Marc Stein from New York Times reported that Pelicans are thinking of Davis dropping by the end of the season if he is not replaced before the end of the season. They still need to make a decision, but that can be a useful arrangement for both sides.
Pelicans are eliminated from the quarrel, and Davis has a long history of injury. Neither Pelicans nor Davis would want to risk being injured while playing in a meaningless game.
Davis reported over New Orleans during the weekend to not sign an extension of the contract with the organization and wants to trade, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said.
"Anthony wants to be replaced by a team that gives him the chance to consistently win and competes for the championship," Davis agent Rich Paul told Wojnarowski on Monday. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with their intentions, and that's why they are now announcing this decision. It is in the best interest of Anthony and the future of the organization."
Pelicans admitted Davis's demand for trade but said they would move at their own pace, not on demandthose outside our organization. "They may want to keep Davis behind the deadline to see how the draft of the lottery is taking place or waiting for the Boston Celtic bid, which can not buy Davis by July 1, unless they sell Kyrie Irving.
If the Celtics are willing to part with Jayson Tatum as the central part of the Davis package, they can probably combine the best potential bid.
There is no logical reason for the Pelican to continue to play Davis if he remains in New Orleans after the deadline for the trade. Since they will resort to reconstruction, getting as many balloons as possible in their lotteries should be their priority. The conquest of Zion Williamson lottery would be a huge step in the recovery process of Pelican, and Davis on the floor will reduce their chances of losing games.