Despite recovering from a fractured finger, Davis has been held out the last two games. That's understandable considering there was a chance he'd be traded before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, but now he'll be playing out the rest of the season with the Pelicans.
If Anthony Davis is not traded today, he plans to play out the remainder of the season in the lineup for the Pelicans, a league source tells ESPN. "Every game," the source said. NOP's held him out of the lineup the last 2 games even though he's recovered from a finger fracture— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) February 7, 2019
His agent, Rich Paul, confirmed it just before the deadline passed.
Anthony Davis’ agent Rich Paul tells me Davis is not being traded today— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) February 7, 2019
The Pelicans are in a tough spot. Keeping him on the bench the rest of the season would be very difficult even though New Orleans isn't likely to make the playoffs. The Pelicans can opt to protect their once-in-a-generation asset considering he'll likely be dealt this summer, but that might be a little extreme.
Unfortunately it's not up to Anthony Davis if he gets to play... It's up to the Pelicans. https://t.co/qIsxD8sTlT— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) February 7, 2019
This now opens the door for a trade to the Celtics this summer, which will then create a one-year window for Boston to win it all next year considering AD doesn't plan to re-sign there. If the Pelicans didn't accept the reported offers for the Lakers, one can safely assume he won't be going to LA, and that the Lakers and Knicks will battle it out after next year to sign him.