Following the New Orleans Pelicans' firing of general manager Dell Demps, it seems that the team is taking matters into their own hands regarding a possible Anthony Davis trade. The plan is to not cater to what Davis wants.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans will not accept a trade to one of Anthony Davis' preferred destinations unless the deal makes sense for New Orleans.
Ownership’s plan with a new GM will be continuing to push back on Anthony Davis preferred trade destinations if they don’t make sense for Pels — especially with a full year left on his contract, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 15, 2019
While it makes some sense, it's a bit confusing because the Lakers massive reported package certainly made sense. Sure, they probably want to explore their options, so we'll see what happens this summer when the Boston Celtics can enter the sweepstakes.
The Pelicans are seemingly turning their back on the player who has carried their franchise for the better part of this decade. There's only so much he can do for this team, and they can't fault him for wanting to play competitive basketball.
Davis is in the midst of a career year. He's averaging 28.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game, all career bests. He was also selected to his sixth consecutive All-Star game this year.
The MVP candidate has done his best to maintain good relations with his current team, but after he left Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder early due to an injury, it's not unreasonable to think that the Pelicans will do all they can to make sure they get their way.
Ownership was livid with an injured Anthony Davis leaving arena during Thursday night’s game, sources say. Gayle Benson is telling associates she wants an overhaul of Pelicans and a search for a GM to take command of Davis trade talks and the reshaping of team’s future.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 15, 2019
The shift away from Davis' preferred destinations may open up the market to a team such as the Celtics. They've long been rumored to be interested in the star center, but they aren't on his list of ideal landing spots.