That’s all folks? Maybe not.
When asked about the trade status of disgruntled superstar Anthony Davis, newly-hired New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin made it sound like keeping the 6-foot-11 forward isn’t off the table.
According to Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com, Griffin said he is “excited about what (they) could potentially build” together in New Orleans.
David Griffin on Anthony Davis: "We have a long successful history with Klutch Sports. Rich Paul and I have spoke about Anthony. We are both excited about what we could potentially build here."
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) April 17, 2019
Griffin then took it a step further, saying that he plans on adding pieces around Davis in order to compete for “championships.” Yes, plural.
“Make no mistake about this, we are in the business we are competing for championships,” Griffin said. “This is the last day someone in basketball ops will say this… You earn the right to have other people say the word championships about you.”
Will Guillory of The Athletic added that while Griffin believes Davis will be open to sticking around in New Orleans, the new general manager wants him to either be all-in or all-out going forward. That will determine the team’s next move(s).
Griffin says he believes AD is open to staying after discussions with Rich Paul. But he would prefer to establish if Davis is all-in or all-out on being with the Pelicans
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) April 17, 2019
Back in January, the former Kentucky star demanded a trade from the organization, and the entire situation has been a mess ever since. He was booed every time he touched the ball in his first time back out on the court after his request, tension grew between the Pelicans front office and the Los Angeles Lakers, and he walked into his final home game in New Orleans with a “That’s All Folks!” shirt.
To put the icing on the cake, he flipped off a fan in the audience, which ended up going viral almost instantly.
Anthony Davis is ready for the season to end ? pic.twitter.com/zng9L6cUoS
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 4, 2019
In seven seasons with the team, Davis has averaged 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game over the course of his career. In 56 games this season, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and 2.4 blocks per contest.
Griffin has done some pretty spectacular things and pulled off several surprising moves as a GM in the past, but does he have enough magic to convince Davis to rescind his trade request and re-sign in New Orleans?
It certainly can’t hurt to try, but I don’t know where they would even begin in rebuilding those burnt bridges.
We won’t hear anything for at least another month or two as the NBA Playoffs runs its course. From there, though, expect The Brow and his future to be the biggest topic of conversation going into the summer.