The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Fortunately for him, though, they don't plan on shutting him down for the rest of the year.
After considering the possibility of shutting down All-NBA center Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans plan to allow Davis back into the lineup for the rest of the season, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2019
At the outset of his trade request, Davis did mention through his agent that if the Pelicans did not trade him by the deadline, he would be more than willing to play out the remainder of the 2018-2019 season.
Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game to go along with 50.8 percent shooting. He's been playing like an MVP and it's unfortunate that he won't be able to participate in competitive basketball this year. But some basketball is better than none at all.
Trade deadline passes --- and Boston will get its chance to trade for Anthony Davis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
After multiple attempts by the Lakers to acquire Davis, it now seems that the Boston Celtics have jumped to the forefront of the discussion. They're expected to offer a king's ransom that rivals that of the Lakers, with names such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown rumored to be in the mix.
The Pelicans currently hold the 13th spot in the Western Conference, and with a record of 24-31, they sit six games out of a playoff spot. For now, it's a waiting game for the season to end.