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RUMOR: Anthony Davis, Pelicans expected to meet within the next week

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Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly expected to meet within the next week, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Davis will meet face to face with David Griffin, who is the new Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations.

Similarly, New Orleans is also waiting on a meeting with Anthony Davis, and Pelicans sources say that discussion is expected to take place within the next week. David Griffin, who took over the team’s basketball operations last month, is planning to pitch Davis on staying put after a season that saw AD ask for a trade and say that, if that request wasn’t accommodated, he would opt out and leave as an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

The Pelicans won the Draft Lottery on Tuesday in Chicago. They will likely select Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is on June 20.

Griffin will try and convince Davis to stay with the franchise now that they are going to add Williamson. The Pelicans could potentially have a starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Elfrid Payton, Zion Williamson, Julius Randle and Davis next season.

AD can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020 once he declines his 2020-21 player option.