The New Orleans Pelicans’ season is over and Anthony Davis made it to the very end, even though he didn’t really want to. It was weird and uncomfortable and awkward at times, but he — and everyone else — all made it through.
On the cusp of an uncertain future, Davis seems to have made peace with his situation. He spoke to reporters at an end-of-season news conference on Wednesday and presented a realistic view of what could happen to him in the offseason. Via NBA.com:
"I'm under contract still. I have a year left. Obviously it's a possibility [a trade] could happen. I don't have ill will towards anybody. I know that it's a possibility that next year I could be here as well. So I can't be mad if I'm here next year."
That’s not quite what you’d expect from the guy who publicly requested a trade in the middle of the season, or who wore a Looney Tunes “That’s All, Folks” shirt to what was possibly his final game as a Pelican on Tuesday night. (Davis told reporters that someone else picked out the shirt and hung it in his locker, and he wore it because it was laid out for him.)
Even though Davis said he can’t be mad if he’s still with New Orleans next season, he’s still ready to not be with them and get traded to another team. But he knows that since longtime general manager Dell Demps was fired back in February, any serious action will have to wait until the Pelicans hire a new GM.
"Seeing what happens, seeing who the Pelicans make their GM and having a conversation with that person about the future. My time here has always been great. I love playing here. It's something that I will definitely hold in my heart forever, but the next step is waiting on the Pelicans [to fill] that GM job."
The Pelicans aren’t the only team with an important job to fill. With so many rumors connecting Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers during the season, it was inevitable that he’d be asked about Magic Johnson’s sudden resignation. Davis, speaking for himself but also perhaps the entire world, said “I have no idea what’s going on over there.” But he also said that Magic’s departure doesn’t change his feelings about the Lakers or any other team, telling reporters that the Lakers are “a great organization. Just like 29 other organizations.”
No matter what happens in the offseason, Davis said numerous times during the nine-minute news conference that he loved playing in New Orleans, and he’s so grateful for the fans and their support over the last seven seasons.
"Obviously my time here was amazing. Love the fans, the city. The fans always supported me ... it was an amazing time here. I loved playing here. Always have a special place in my heart [for New Orleans]. You never know what might happen later in your career. This is definitely, for seven years, been a place where I love to play."
Davis even left the door open for a possible reunion down the road. Stranger things have happened!
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