Anthony Davis: Pelicans head coach makes admission over star amid Lakers trade talks | Other | Sport


The Pelicans have been embroiled in off-court drama since the superstar handed in a trade request, but Gentry insisted there are no hard feelings.

Davis let the organisation know that he would not be signing a $240million supermax contract this summer, and instead sees his future elsewhere.

He has been the subject of multiple trade offers from the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Pelicans have not found any of the offers to be satisfactory.

Instead of just receiving Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Lance Stephenson, Brandon Ingram, JaVale McGee and two first-round draft picks, the Pelicans want all the players mentioned as well as four first-round picks and four second-round picks.

The Pelicans have until 8pm GMT (3pm ET) to complete a deal for the star to leave, or they face waiting until the summer with an unhappy player on their roster.

However, Gentry was adamant that Davis has acted professionally throughout the trade request process, despite wanting to leave.

“Why would I do that, man?” he said when asked if he had any hard feelings towards Davis.

“He’s a great kid.

“When he’s been on the court, he’s given us everything that he has.

“So no, I don’t feel let down by him at all.

“Whatever happens is going to happen, and we’ll go from there.

“A lot of the things, we’ve got no control over anyway.

“So what we have to do is focus on what we have to get done as a team.”

The Pelicans are expected to leave the trade until the summer, so they can see if the Boston Celtics will put in a better offer.

Despite Davis not wanting to go to the Celtics, the Pelicans want Jayson Tatum in return, so are more willing to wait on the off chance he is included in an offer.

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