All it took was yet another Woj bomb to drop on the NBA Twitter world in order to rule out everyone's "sources" this week. Apparently the Pelicans front office isn't buying into the AD to LA movement as much many were this week. So... what's next?
On Monday the news broke out that Anthony Davis had no desire to sign an extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, following the expiration of his current deal (five years/$127,171,313) which Davis signed prior to the 2016-17 season. Of course, as always, everyone who takes part of the #NBATwitter World online took this as an opportunity to reveal what they're hearing from their "sources". With the Los Angeles Lakers being the primary organization surrounding the rumors- followed by a storm of instant online buzz, AD photoshops, and the Lakers apparent projected lineup.
Then came the almighty father of the NBA Twitter World. The voice of reason to help put an end to this madness. The man himself Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.
All it took was yet another Woj bomb to be dropped on the NBA Twittersphere. A newly published piece this morning from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski suggests that the New Orleans Pelicans "see no reason to deliver Davis to the Lakers in a deal with a full season left on his contract". That really puts quite the delay to the many who took part in the AD to LA movement online train via Twitter earlier this week.
Yet in all this madness that has gone down this week, who can blame New Orleans? They've got a Top-3 caliber franchise player in their hands with absolutely no reason whatsoever to shop. With a year remaining on Davis' contract, the Pelicans can stay pat come the deadline and wait for the summer. A time in which the Draft selections are set, definite and can play into a potential deal from an outsider who isn't even rumored yet in the AD Sweepstakes.
Then again this works on both sides because for Davis, he's got no reason himself to play the hometown loyalty card by New Orleans. An organization that has done absolutely nothing to surround Davis with the necessary cast to make push towards a deep playoff run during his tenure.
Since drafting a clearcut and obvious selection in Anthony Davis back in 2012, New Orleans hasn't made a single move to give Davis any reason to stay. Aside from an acquisition of Demarcus Cousins back in February of 2017 which really didn't do anything- considering the fact that New Orleans and well essentially Anthony Davis, went on to statistically perform better without Cousins on the floor. Proving that even that wasn't a convincing enough move for Davis to buy into and trust the front office long term.
Just look at AD's 2018 Playoff stats alone:
2014-15: 31.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.0 blocks, 54% FG, 43.0 MPG
2017-18: 30.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.3 blocks, 52% FG, 39.8 MPG
With this all in mind, one must wonder if other teams such as the Knicks, Celtics, or even Kings will make their pitch at the Pelicans front office? This is a top tier league talent who's just 25 years of age. Sort've like the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes last MLB offseason. It's pretty hard to see an organization like the Pelicans hold up such a valuable, franchise altering piece in the air for trade- while watching your team not make a run at acquiring it. Nevertheless if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that we need to see Anthony Davis on the floor for playoff basketball. Let's see how NOLA plays this one.