Reports: Pelicans' Davis, Griffin meet in Los Angeles
NBA.com Global on May 30, 2019 07:48 AM
FILE - CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: A close up shot of Anthony Davis #23 of Team LeBron talking to the media during 2019 NBA All-Star Practice and Media Availability on February 16, 2019 at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
New Orleans Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin reportedly met with Anthony Davis this morning (Wednesday evening, PHL time) in Los Angeles to have a long-awaited discussion about Davis' future with the Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The two are expected to continue their dialogue this summer, according to Wojnarowski.
New Orleans star Anthony Davis and Pels EVP David Griffin met this morning in Los Angeles and are expected to continue a dialogue moving forward, league sources tell ESPN. Griffin is making his case to AD on a future with the Pelicans. Davis can be a free agent next summer.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 29, 2019
Charania reports that it was a "respectful, productive" conversation, but it remains "highly unlikely" Davis changes his mind about wanting to be traded.
While New Orleans Pelicans executive Vice President David Griffin and All-Star Anthony Davis‘ agent Rich Paul will continue discussions, it’s highly unlikely Davis‘ stance changes on trade, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 29, 2019
Roughly a week ago, Griffin reiterated his belief that he can convince Davis to stay put. Those comments came during a conference call to introduce newly hired GM Trajan Langdon, at which time Griffin also said he planned to talk with Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, in Los Angeles at some point soon.
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 has averaged 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.
While Griffin and the Pelicans may be confident, there has been no public indication from Davis that he wants to remain with the team.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.