Anthony Davis to sit anew, this time versus Bulls
NBA.com Global on Feb 07, 2019 07:41 AM
FILE - DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 17, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says big man Anthony Davis is available to play today against the Chicago Bulls. However, Davis will not be playing in today's game.
Gentry told reporters today that Davis will not play at least through the trade deadline, which is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET (early Friday, PHL time). Davis' name has been swirling about in trade talks ever since he made his desire to be traded known last week. The Pelicans' next game after the deadline is a Friday home game (Saturday, PHL time) against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Anthony Davis is available tonight in Chicago, but Alvin Gentry said they’ll sit him.— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) February 6, 2019
Alvin Gentry says that @AntDavis23 will not play at least thru the trade deadline. Julius Randle is available for tonight’s game in Chicago— Sean Kelley (@SeanKelleyLive) February 6, 2019
Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis is available to play tonight...— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) February 6, 2019
But the Pelicans will hold him out until after the trade deadline.
Davis was at Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) shootaround, but did not address reporters.
Pelicans shootaround update: Davis didn't address reporters and isn't playing vs. Bulls.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 6, 2019
Mirotic is doubtful with calf strain but remains his otherwise happy-go-lucky self.
Okafor on his recent run: "My coaches are trusting me. It's very satisfying."
After the Pelicans' 109-107 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), coach Alvin Gentry said Davis has been "cleared to practice" as he recovers from a sprained left index finger that has sidelined him since the end of a loss at Portland on Jan. 18 (Jan. 19, PHL time). Yahoo Sports' Chris Hayes reported Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that the Pelicans prevented Davis from making his healthy return to the lineup during that Pacers game.