Today is a big day for Anthony Davis’ future in New Orleans.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the former Kentucky superstar is set to meet with Pelicans executive Vice President David Griffin this afternoon to discuss his future with the organization.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 29, 2019
According to Pelicans beat writer Will Guillory, the meeting will take place today in Los Angeles, where a “small group of people” representing New Orleans plan on selling Davis on Griffin’s most recent moves as the team’s VP, pairing up with former Duke star Zion Williamson, and what the organization can do to put other pieces around the former Wildcat if he decides to stay.
“I can confirm [Shams Charania’s] report that the meeting between AD/David Griffin will be happening today in LA,” Guillory said on Twitter. “Will be a small group of people on the Pelicans’ side. The plan is to sell him on everything Griff has done since his arrival, a future with Zion and other moves that can be made if they get a commitment from AD.”
Davis originally demanded a trade from New Orleans back in January with his eyes set on landing with an organization where he can compete for championships on a consistent basis.
“Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship,” Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 6-foot-11 forward decided to play out the rest of the year with the team, but even after New Orleans won the right to draft Zion Williamson during the NBA Draft Lottery, Davis has made it clear that his thoughts on a trade have not changed.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now set up to be Zion Williamson’s franchise to lift, and No. 1 pick could ease potential trade of Anthony Davis. His stance on a trade has not changed, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
After his meeting with the organization today, we’ll find out if those bridges can be built back or if Davis is hellbent on leaving.
From there, trade discussions will almost certainly ramp up, but will they be to send the former Wildcat out or bring in more help to give him the contender he’s been begging for in New Orleans.