“Look, I’m here. If I was thinking about leaving, I’d never re-sign [last summer]. I’m here to stay,” Davis told Marc Stein on ESPN Radio’s Meet The All-Stars show. “I’m here to help this team win [and] put this franchise back on the map,” Davis said Thursday.
The Kentucky standout said he’d be “very involved” in getting teammate Jrue Holiday to re-sign with the team, as he’s set to be a free agent this summer.
“I’m doing that right now,” Davis said. “I talk to Jrue all the time. He’ll make his own decisions, but of course we like him here… We need him to continue to play well and then, at the end of the season, hopefully he decides to re-sign with us.”
The 26-year-old point guard will be eligible to sign the biggest contract of his career this summer, and the Pelicans worry he’ll walk if they don’t put out a competitive team within the next few months. Davis would play a huge part in luring talent to play alongside him and the team’s starting floor general.
“Some rumor from somewhere said me and Russell (Westbrook) was going to L.A.,” Davis said. “I haven’t talked to Russell or whoever the source is about that, so I’m not sure where that came from, but I’m here. I just signed an extension here. If I didn’t want to be here, I would have never signed the extension. For the next four years, I’m going to be a Pelican. I love it here. I love playing for the organization. I don’t intend on going anywhere. I want to be here. I never was one of those guys who — I was always one of those guys who wanted to stay with their franchise and [win] championships, just like Tim Duncan did. I looked up to Tim. I still look up to Tim. But the way he did it through his entire career was definitely setting a great example for me. I want to be the same way.”