Anthony Davis’ future is in flux, and now he may no longer have a seat at the table.
The New Orleans Pelicans superstar, with super-agent Rich Paul in tow, met with David Griffin on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the newly minted GM trying desperately to save a relationship destroyed by public trade demands.
Davis is not expected to be a part of any future conversations with Griffin, according to ESPN, with Paul instead playing intermediary. It may be a fool’s errand, with The Athletic reporting it is “highly unlikely” that Davis will change his mind about wanting out of New Orleans. Davis has been linked to the Knicks, Celtics, Nets and Lakers — who made everyone not named LeBron James available.
Griffin, the acclaimed executive who oversaw James’ second stint with the Cavaliers, had been confident the Pelicans could sell Davis on the franchise’s vision.
“Really, it’s to look at each other in the eye and talk about what’s important to us,” Griffin said. “We’re very optimistic from previous conversations with Rich Paul, his agent, and with all of the people here that know what he’s about.”
Griffin’s biggest selling point is Zion Williamson, whom the Pelicans stunningly won the rights to select with the No. 1 pick at the NBA draft.
The potentially scintillating front-court pairing could be enough for the Pelicans to thrust themselves into the playoffs. But the relationship appears fractured beyond repair.
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