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Rumor: Anthony Davis’ agent expected to find amicable way to part ways with Pelicans

Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Despite the recent wave of good luck in the NBA Draft Lottery, the New Orleans Pelicans are not expected to be quite as lucky when it comes to keeping franchise star Anthony Davis.

Even after speculation of the potential of him coming back to play along consensus top pick Zion Williamson, it’s likely that Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, finds a “respectful” way to facilitate a move with new executive vice president David Griffin, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

Griffin was hired last month after the Pelicans fired GM Dell Demps during the season. Griffin and Paul share a mutual rapport after the former dealt with Paul’s biggest client and longtime friend LeBron James during Griffin’s tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While Griffin has done the noble thing of keeping all options open, the chance of keeping Davis in New Orleans was a ship that sailed long ago, perhaps the minute he signed with Klutch Sports prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.

Despite being a generational talent, it is highly unlikely that Williamson can prove a mind-changer for Davis, which was quickly reported after Griffin drew the top spot in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery.

If anything, Davis could find a less-turbulent exit from The Big Easy after a rampant process went down two weeks before the trade deadline, painting his image and reputation in a bad light after spending several seasons as a loyal pillar of the franchise.