It was no secret this season that Anthony Davis wanted to get as far away from the New Orleans Pelicans as possible. After a successful postseason last year, the Pelicans were abysmal this season which led to Davis publicly stating that he wanted a trade out of the city. After weeks of speculation, a trade never happened and as a result, Davis had his minutes limited. Davis took the pettiness one step further during the last game of the season when he wore a “That’s all Folks” t-shirt.
Since then, the Pelicans’ fortunes have changed as they won the NBA Draft Lottery, giving themselves the first pick in the draft. It is expected they will take Zion Williamson with the pick which would be a big draw for Davis to rethink his willingness to leave. For Pelicans president David Griffin, the team now believes it’s in a position to keep Davis on board.
“We’re very confident that we have a compelling situation for him here,” Griffin said, according to SNY.
Whether Davis stays or not remains to be seen but there is no denying just how powerful Zion could be in this equation. If Davis chooses to leave, the free agent period is going to be filled with some pretty juicy trade speculation.