Report: Anthony Davis’ camp has echoed sentiment of wanting to stay with Pelicans
Anthony Davis’ decision to switch agencies to Klutch Sports, a company led by LeBron James’ longtime friend and right-hand man Rich Paul, sent the NBA into a frenzy — thinking yet another All-Star would leave a small market team for the bright lights. Yet neither Davis nor his camp have expressed even a hint of desire to leave New Orleans throughout his entire career, as Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports:
Davis hasn’t even hinted at being unhappy with his situation, according to sources close to the process, but it’s clear that Davis expects the team to make whatever moves necessary to ensure they make the postseason. But his camp hasn’t expressed any desire to move. In fact, internally, they have said the same things Davis is saying publicly that he wants to win in New Orleans.
What has been known for a while now is that Davis is not looking for reasons to leave but to stay in The Big Easy — hoping to be surrounded by another high-caliber player who can bring his championship hopes a little closer to reality.
Equally, sources close to the situation have said repeatedly that Davis wants a reason to stay. The supermax contract the Pelicans can offer is part of that, but also surrounding him with complimentary stars that can really challenge matters, too, which brings the situation back to the front office being aggressive.
The Pelicans are 12-13 and barely keeping afloat in the playoff race, currently 12th in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, yet only 1.5 games away from the eighth spot.
Bringing in a star player like John Wall could make sense if the Pelicans are ready to go “balls to the Wall” in hopes of giving Anthony Davis a major reason to remain with the franchise.