During a press conference to close out the season, Anthony Davis raised the possibility of returning to the New Orleans Pelicans next season.
“I’m under contract still. I have a year left. Obviously it’s a possibility it could happen. I don’t have ill will towards anybody. I know that it’s a possibility that next year I could be here as well. So I can’t be mad if I’m here next year,” said Davis.
Davis added that he’s waiting for the team to fill their vacant general manager position.
“Seeing what happens. Seeing who the Pelicans make their GM and having a conversation with that person about the future. My time here has always been great. I love playing here. It’s something that I will definitely hold in my heart forever, but the next step is waiting on the Pelicans [to fill] that GM job.”
Davis’ agent announced in January that Davis wanted a trade and would not re-sign in New Orleans. His agent, Rich Paul, also represents LeBron James, and many viewed Davis and Paul as forcing a trade to the Lakers. He didn’t say whether team president Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation on Tuesday would have any effect on potentially playing in Los Angeles.
The 26-year-old Chicago native was fined $50,000 by the NBA for his public trade demand, which was a violation of the collective bargaining agreement.
Davis has continued to openly discuss his potential exit from the Pelicans, however, including comments during All-Star Weekend about possible landing spots:
“All 29 other teams are on my list.”
Anthony Davis says he does not have a preferred destination#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/fyCIxtLdYX
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 16, 2019
Handling the Davis situation will be the next Pelicans general manager’s biggest task.
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