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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis will ‘remain professional’ as he plays out season in New Orleans

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis may have asked the New Orleans Pelicans for a trade earlier this month, but that does not mean he is going to flake on the team for the rest of the season.

Davis says he is going to remain professional for the final two months of the regular season and will give a full effort regardless of the situation:

“I’m going to go out there and play basketball no matter how many minutes I’m playing,” Davis said, according to Andrew Lopez of The Times-Picayune. “I’m going to remain professional. My job it to play basketball and help this team. That’s what I’m going to do whether its five minutes or 30 minutes or whatever.”

The 25-year-old has seen his minutes cut since his trade request, but Davis does not mind so long as the Pelicans remain consistent with their plan for him the rest of the way:

“I think things always run smoothly when there’s a plan in place,” he said. “That’s what’s in place right now. Until something changes, I’m going to do what they tell me to do. Whenever I get subbed in, I’m going to play as hard as I can and try to help the team.”

The Los Angeles Lakers aggressively engaged the Pelicans in trade talks for Davis prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline, but were rebuffed in spite of a reported Godfather offer that was said to included all of the Lakers’ young talent plus draft picks.

New Orleans will almost surely trade the All-Star big man this summer.