Report: Davis still wants trade from Pelicans
NBA.com Global on May 15, 2019 05:44 PM
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)
NBA.com staff report
Despite New Orleans' unexpected victory in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) Draft Lottery, Pelicans star Anthony Davis still wants to be traded according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now set up to be Zion Williamson’s franchise to lift, and No. 1 pick could ease potential trade of Anthony Davis. His stance on a trade has not changed, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
The Pelicans won the lottery for the second time in their history, and the first since 2012, when they selected Davis out of Kentucky.
If Davis is indeed traded, the Pelicans will at least console themselves not only with whatever assets they'll receive in return, but most especially presumptive top prospect Zion Williams, who electrified college basketball with his rim-rattling athleticism during his lone season at Duke.
Davis, 26, initially asked to be traded in late January, midway through his seventh season with the Pelicans. He holds a player option that will allow him to reach unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2020.
The six-time All-Star is averaging 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 466 career games. The Pelicans have reached the playoffs just twice during his tenure, with one series victory.