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Could Anthony Davis stay in New Orleans? The Pelicans’ new GM seems to think so

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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, Griffin said he is “excited about what (they) could potentially build” together in New Orleans.

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).

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.

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.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Could Anthony Davis stay in New Orleans? The Pelicans’ new GM seems to think so

  1. Smyrna_Cat
    9:17 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    “disgruntled superstar Anthony Davis” … what did Davis ever do to deserve to be called “disgrunteled”? He played as hard as he good for years, was actively involved with the community, never said anything negative about anyone … he just wanted to plan on a winning team for a change, which is his right. We can talk about “disgruntled” media and “disgrunteled” fans … both which were awfully pissy … and even the “disgrunteled” NO head office which sought to punish Davis instead of expressing there appreciation for all he did for the franchise despite them not putting a winning team round Davis.

    Come on Jack and KSR writers … words and labels matter. Show some pride in what you do. But then again, “KSR, where Facts Are Optional.”

    • BBNnCLE
      10:23 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Disgruntled means angry or dissatisfied; not really much of an insult. You also said the word disgruntled five times; twice you spelled it right and three times wrong

    • Smyrna_Cat
      11:57 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink writes, “disgruntled sounds like what it is — dissatisfied, grunting and grumbling.” None of those things apply to Davis. He played hard, he was always positive and enthusastic. And thank you for pointing on spelling mistakes. You will be busy on this site.

    • nocode96
      12:16 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      I beam dude, AD is disgruntled by your own definition you just posted, lol. “Dissatisfied”, he absolutely is, and he’s made that public, which takes care of “grumbling and grunting” parts you added. Davis has been unhappy, unsatisfied, and as of late, he’s making those thoughts public, as is his agent. He is quite literally textbook disgruntled. You seem to think disgruntled means something bad or derogatory, it doesn’t, but did Jack try and spin it in that light. My son comes home every day complaining about 3rd grade, every night he complains about homework, shower, and bed time…often, he will complain about dinner, he is absolutely a disgruntled 9 year old. He is unhappy with the the things he has to do as a kid. I’m certainly not knocking my own kid by calling him disgruntled, it’s not a derogatory term. Lastly, here is the dictionary definition, no less than 10 of the symptoms, synonyms, and qualifiers listed here by absolutely and perfectly describe AD and his situation.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:23 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      Nocode. Your son is a third-grader. He is what he is. Calling him “disgruntled” would be inappropriate because it suggests something beyond him simply being a third-grader. In terms of an NBA player, a “disgruntled” player typically is a bad teammate that talks negatively about the team, complains to the media, disses the coaching staff, etc., etc., etc. That is not Davis. PS. He is not a third-grader either.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    9:20 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    “Back in January, the former Kentucky star demanded a trade from the organization” … No. His agent told NO Davis wouldn’t sign with the team. That certainly forces there hand, but would it have been better to just get that point, not sign, and have everyone be shocked? A trade would enable NO to perhaps finally help build a foundation for a winning team.

    KSR … where facts are optional.

  3. Jeremy D
    9:20 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    Cmon bro… It’s called damage control..its the best route to take for new GM.

    He gone.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      9:26 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink


  4. Dairy Queen All American
    9:49 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    No chance.

  5. Marginal Prophet
    9:58 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    This is just a ploy by the GM to try to make sure that the team doesn’t get taken on a trade by a team offering too little. Davis will be traded by the All-Star break at the latest. But my bet is he is gone by the beginning of the season.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:55 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      This is correct. Looking desperate to trade AD pretty much guarantees that you will lose in that deal.

  6. KayutsBy90
    10:05 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

    I think AD saw the way they treated his boy Cousins and pushed him away from the organization.

    • Luether
      10:10 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      Boogie wanted a max contract AFTER he blew out his knee. What NBA Team would do that? The New Orleans Pelicans are NOT stupid and Cousins and Davis are NOT victims…

    • ukwildcat1991
      11:56 pm April 18, 2019 Permalink

      It was his Achilles not his knee fool

    • nocode96
      12:17 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      Who used the word victims other than you?

    • ClutchCargo
      8:57 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      ukwildcat1991, it’s easier to spell “knee”, so he just rolled with that. lol

    • 4everUKblue
      9:46 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      Luether needs to go back to school.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:19 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

      Luether, why you post on here still amazes me. You are about as smart as a pile of rocks. His achilles, not his knee. Get your facts straight.

    • Luether
      4:10 pm April 19, 2019 Permalink

      A bit harsh, guys. Don’t you think?

  7. kjgouk
    5:31 am April 19, 2019 Permalink

    Big Looney Tunes fan or disgruntled employee. You decide….