Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
Anthony Davis cannot be moved by the NBA's trading deadline on February 7, but he may have played his last game with the New Orleans Pelicans.
On Wednesday, Marc Stein by The New York Times reported that the pelicans are considering closing down Davis for the rest of the season if they do not act on him before the deadline. They have not yet made a decision, but it could be a beneficial event for both sides.
Pelicans are eliminated exclusively from playoff doubts, and Davis has a long history of damage. Neither the pelicans nor Davis would risk him being hurt while playing in a meaningless game.
Davis informed New Orleans on the weekend that he would not sign a contract extension with the organization and would like to be traded according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him to win consistently and compete for a championship," said Davis agent Rich Paul to Wojnarowski on Monday. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions, and that's why informing them about this decision now. It's in both Anthony's interest and the future of the organization."
The Pelicans recognized Davis' trade request, but said they would move at their own pace and not at the request of "those outside our organization." They may want to stick to Davis beyond the trading deadline to see how the draft lottery plays out or await an offer from Boston Celtics who cannot acquire Davis until July 1 unless they act Kyrie Irving.
] If Celtics is willing to share roads with Jayson Tatum as the center of a package for Davis, they can probably link the best potential offer.
There is no logical reason for the pelicans to continue playing Davis if he remains in New Orleans beyond the trading deadline. As they will be on their way to a reconstruction, it will be their highest priority to get as many ping pong balls as possible in the lottery. Winning the Zion Williamson lottery would be a big step in the Pelicans' reconstruction process and Davis on the floor lowers their chances of losing games.