By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Anthony Davis was the most coveted player teams were seeking before the NBA trade deadline. As the trade deadline approached its final moments on Thursday, one thing was clear: Davis was staying with the Pelicans.
After Davis requested a trade, it was believed that the Los Angeles Lakers were the only team interested in acquiring him. However, they were reportedly bidding against themselves.
With no trade, the Pelicans have now allowed the Boston Celtics to enter the mix this summer.
“Anthony Davis will play the remainder of the 2018-19 season for the New Orleans Pelicans,” the team statement said. “A number of factors contributed to this decision. Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies.
“We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon.”
The 25-year-old Chicago, Illinois native has spent his entire career with the Pelicans after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. This season, he has made 41 starts with the team.
He is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.7 steals, and 2.6 blocks per game. He is also averaging a career-best 37 minutes per game.
Davis has made 456 appearances with 446 starts in his career. He is averaging 24 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game.
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