The clock is ticking for the New Orleans Pelicans to make a decision on superstar forward Anthony Davis, and according to the latest report from NOLA.com, the franchise is hoping to rebuild the bridge between both parties in hopes of convincing him to stay one last time.
New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said in a conference call Tuesday that he will “probably sit together” with Davis in Los Angeles during scheduled draft workouts in the area in hopes of convincing the six-time NBA All-Star to stick around long term.
“We’ll definitely visit,” Griffin said during an introductory conference call for the hiring of Trajan Langdon as the team’s general manager. “I think that’s the next step is to look each other in the eye and talk about what’s important to us. We’re very optimistic from previous conversations with Rich Paul, his agent, and with all of the people here.”
According to Griffin, he feels that New Orleans is a “compelling situation” for Davis moving forward, especially with the team possessing the No. 1 draft pick in next month’s NBA Draft. If the 6-foot-11 star wants a winning environment, he feels they can make that happen for him where he is currently.
“We’re very confident that we have a compelling situation for him here,” Griffin said. “If winning is what he is indeed all about, which we have every reason to believe, we can create and are creating the right environment for Anthony and frankly, for high-caliber players of all types to want to be a part of. This is something that we hope creates an energy that recruits itself. Anthony would just be one step in that process.”
While Griffin is “very optimistic” he can keep Davis in New Orleans, it will certainly be an uphill battle.
After demanding a trade back in January, the former Wildcat has given no indication that he would be willing to fix his relationship with the organization. Even after the team earned the right to draft Duke’s Zion Williamson overall, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that nothing has changed for Davis and he still wanted out of New Orleans.
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
Either the Pelicans and Davis will make up or a trade is on the horizon sooner rather than later.
Either way, all the drama involving the superstar big man will be over soon.