‘Tis the season. Yes, I’m aware Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year’s, etc. are all in the rear view mirror — ’tis NBA trade deadline season, where a different NBA superstar is linked to a major blockbuster trade rumor seemingly every damn day.
Take for example: New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who was recently discussed teaming up with Russell Westbrook on the Los Angeles Lakers in the somewhat near future.
On paper, this seems ludicrous — as Davis is under contract with the Pelicans through the 2019-2020 season (player option in 2020-2021). However, we’ve seen stranger things happen recently in a league where there is no shortage of drama.
On Wednesday, despite another poor season from the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis squashed any sort of rumor to The Times Picayune‘s Jeff Duncan that he is interested in requesting a trade or signing elsewhere whenever he becomes a free agent:
“I don’t plan on leaving, so make sure you write that down … I don’t pay attention to (the rumors), I don’t know who said it or how it came about. I’m with the Pelicans right now.”
And on the current state of the team’s roster:
We’ve got to find a way to keep fighting … We have a team that is able to compete for the playoffs. We showed that a couple of times this year (in January wins against the Cavaliers and Spurs). We feel we are just as good as any other team in this league. We just need to find a way to stay a little more healthy and be a little more consistent.
I like our team we have now … We always are just kind of injured. It’s tough to win games when a lot of the top guys are out.”
Well, there you have it — Anthony Davis, per Anthony Davis, ‘doesn’t plan on leaving’ New Orleans…