NBA: Pelicans fielding calls about Davis -- report

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jun 05 2019 11:11 AM

Anthony Davis (23) of the New Orleans Pelicans seen following the game against the Phoenix Suns on April 5, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Michael Gonzales, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

The New Orleans Pelicans reportedly have begun listening to teams interested in acquiring disgruntled star Anthony Davis.

Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, sat down last week with David Griffin, the team's new executive vice president of basketball operations. 

The meeting gave Griffin his chance to lay out his vision of the Pelicans' future with both Davis and presumptive No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson on board.

But Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Tuesday that it is unlikely Davis will back down from the trade demand he made in January, and the Pelicans are starting to hear teams out.

Davis is due to become a free agent in July 2020.

Griffin does not have to trade Davis before the June 20 draft or the start of the season. The Pelicans could choose to hang on to Davis until next February's trade deadline.

When Davis requested a trade in January, the Los Angeles Lakers were widely speculated as his destination, but the February trade deadline came and went without a deal. 

Davis, a six-time All Star, played only sparingly after the deadline and didn't appear at all over the final seven games.

The No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis has averaged 23.7 points and 10.5 rebounds over his first seven seasons with the New Orleans franchise. 

He produced averages of 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games in 2018-19, the lowest number of games played in his career.

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