Anthony Davis leaving arena early vs. Thunder was final straw for Pelicans GM Dell Demps
Anthony Davis left the Smoothie King Center early on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder after injuring his left shoulder, and that was the final straw for now former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps, according to Sam Amick of the Atheltic.
Davis left the stadium with his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, to get an MRI on his shoulder. Davis and Paul reportedly told Demps about their plans of leaving the arena, but Demps never told Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, creating a dicey situation.
Sources say it was the third-quarter sight of Davis and Paul leaving the Smoothie King Center early during the game against Oklahoma City on Thursday night that served as the final straw.
According to a source close to Davis, this decision to leave the game early had been relayed in real-time to Demps – but not from Demps to Gentry, whose postgame media scrum was the latest evidence of the frustration this Davis situation has caused.
Just when you think the Davis situation can’t get any worse, it does. Both Davis and the Pelicans have handled this whole saga wrong.
In hindsight, Davis should have requested a trade last summer, while the Pelicans should have traded The Brow at the trade deadline to avoid all of this uncertainty and awkwardness.
Demps was fired on Friday, but the Davis drama will continue once the All-Star break ends.