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David Griffin doesn’t think Pelicans’ lottery win will have much effect on Anthony Davis’ decision

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The New Orleans Pelicans have won the first overall pick in this June’s draft, which they are expected to use to get Duke superstar Zion Williamson. This is an important piece the franchise will use to jumpstart their rebuild, and executive vice president David Griffin believes this will make them a more attractive destination.

In an interview with The Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, Griffin said he’s working to create a culture that will prove attractive to Anthony Davis as he tries to convince the star big man to stay:

“We want to create an environment that players are attracted to and we feel very strongly Anthony in totality will be attracted to what we can build and what we can offer.”

However, Griffin doesn’t believe winning the No. 1 pick will have much of an impact regarding Davis’ decision to leave or stay with the franchise:

“I don’t think it will play into it hugely. If he was open minded to believing that we could build a winner around him, [then] he’s more open minded to it.”

Back in February, Davis publicly requested a trade out of New Orleans, and it was rumored that he wanted to be shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers so he could play with LeBron James. Although no deal materialized, the Pelicans are expected to open trade talks with multiple teams with the hopes of getting the highest return value for AD if they can’t convince him to stay.