David Griffin plans to meet with Anthony Davis in Los Angeles around time of draft workouts
When the New Orleans Pelicans surprisingly won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery, the basketball world was shocked. Not only did it guarantee them the chance to draft Duke standout Zion Williamson, but it also gave them a better chance at convincing Anthony Davis to stay on the team. With that in mind, Pelicans general manager David Griffin will be meeting with Davis sometime soon.
David Griffin said he expects to meet with Anthony Davis in Los Angeles some time around the time of draft workouts.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) May 21, 2019
According to The Advocate’s Scott Kushner, Griffin said he’ll be meeting with Davis in Los Angeles during some of the draft workouts, with the plan likely to be trying to convince Davis to rescind his previous desires of being traded. Earlier this year, Davis made his intentions of wanting to be out of New Orleans known, with the goal to reportedly make his way to one of the more large market teams in an effort to compete for an NBA championship.
Of course, with one of the most hyped prospects of all-time now likely coming to the Pelicans, Griffin and Pelicans ownership are still trying to convince the superstar to reconsider, likely with the promise of a better team.
With Davis and Zion on the Pelicans, combined with the likes of Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday, the Pelicans could look a lot more competitive in the future. However, it’s unrealistic to think that Williamson will be able to increase the Pelicans win total by that much in just his first year, especially in a crowded Western Conference.
Still, the Pelicans are in a much better place than they were a month ago. Even if Davis wants to leave, the Pelicans still can still demand a king’s ransom for the star, leaving them with tons of young assets and the number one pick in the draft to build off of. Should Davis be convinced to stay, the team will look to once again compete for a postseason spot.