Anthony Davis trade: Pelicans star praised for decision after Lakes drop interest | Other | Sport


Davis wants to leave the Pelicans before Thursday’s trade deadline, with the 25-year-old unwilling to wait until 2020, where he will become a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been at the front of the queue for his signature but, on Wednesday, cooled their interest.

Davis’ future is now in limbo. He must either wait another year before jumping ship or decide to chance his arm elsewhere.

Whatever happens, though, NBA veteran and six-time All-Star Paul George has praised him – saying that his decision to pursue a trade should be commended.

“The fact of the matter is, AD gave New Orleans – and in every situation – guy give their all for extended amount of years,” George said.

“We’re taken from our home in a sense and we’re brought, granted to a great situation going to another organisation, going to another city and calling that our second home.

“But it is what it is.

“AD in his situation gave New Orleans six or seven great years.

“If nothing was accomplished and he feels for his career he wants to go elsewhere to win, then that’s his decision, honestly.”

Meanwhile, NBA expert Jonathan Tjarks believes the Lakers need a player of Davis’ calibre despite their current stance.

“I think the Lakers have to make it at this point,” he said.

“They don’t have any plan B at this point.

“If you’re New Orleans, you know you have them in your back pocket.

“And if you’re New Orleans, you can shop that offer around.

“I think they’ve been counting on Boston, but now Boston’s offer might not even be there this summer.

“I think, depending on how aggressive other teams from around the league want to be, there are better offers for the Pelicans than Ingram, Lonzo and picks that might not have value.”

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