Anthony Davis has recovered from a finger injury, but the New Orleans Pelicans’ front office order the All-Star big man sit as rumors swirl ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.
Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Davis, 25, could sit until Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline passes. The Pelicans are reportedly engaged in trade talks with multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers.
New Orleans is scheduled to play Wednesday night in Chicago. Davis sustained a left finger avulsion on Jan. 18, but said Friday in his first public comments since demanding a trade that it was “time to move on.”
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told the media on Monday that Davis had been given the OK to practice but that activating him wasn’t his call to make.
“I don’t make those decisions,” Gentry said. “I was told he’s been cleared to practice. That’s what I know.”
The Pelicans lost to Indiana on Monday, 109-107, for their third straight loss and sixth in the past seven games.
Davis’ agent last week said Davis would not be re-signing with New Orleans and requested a trade. The Lakers have been vigorously trying to acquire him, offering a package of six players and two first-round draft picks, according to reports.
Davis said over the weekend that he is committed to playing with the Pelicans as long as he is with the team.
“My intentions are to play,” he said. “I’ve been working to get my finger back healthy. Obviously, it’s a tough situation, but my intention is to still play and when I’m able to play, I plan on suiting up.”
In 41 games this season, Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
In addition to the Lakers, ESPN reported Davis would also entertain signing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks.
–Field Level Media