David Griffin’s first item in his long list of duties as the newly-hired Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the New Orleans Pelicans would be to deal with the Anthony Davis situation. But don’t expect for him to immediately put him on the trade block before darting his best pitch to stay, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Griffin, who already had three of Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports clients during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will put out his best effort at convincing Davis that he can put a team around him to help make the Pelicans into a contender, much like he did for LeBron James years ago.

Paul can vouch for that fact, though the two could be operating under opposite circumstances if Davis’ mind has been completely made up.

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Davis maintained that he’s be open to any of the other 29 NBA teams — a poor use of PR salad after his image as a rather quiet and humble star went crumbling following his trade demand.

The four-time All-Star could surely turn down the contract extension this summer, which would allow for Griffin to get a trade kicking into high gear with teams like the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks expected to be on the bid.

Though it might be in Davis’ best interest to consider just how Griffin machinated a strong core around James during his time with the Cavs, as his salary cap savvy allowed him to quickly flip unwanted contracts to get the right pieces before and after the trade deadline.