Pelicans' Gentry 'Not Worried About' Anthony Davis Trade After Zion Lottery Win

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

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New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday after the Pels won the 2019 NBA draft lottery that he isn't concerned with the ongoing Anthony Davis saga.

According to Marc J. Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated, Gentry said the following when asked how winning the lottery might impact Davis' status: "Guys, the one thing you got to understand is [Davis] is still on our roster. He is on our roster. All of that will take care of itself. I'm not worried about it. I know [Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin] has some plans to talk to him, and it will be fine."

Earlier this season, Davis said he would not re-sign with the Pelicans, which seemed likely to lead to a trade since his contract expires after the 2019-20 season (player option in 2020-21). Now, by winning the draft lottery, New Orleans earned the right to select Duke superstar Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick.

Murray State guard Ja Morant and Duke forward RJ Barrett are the other top players in the draft, but it would be a shock if Williamson—who won the National College Player of the Year award last season as a freshman—didn't go No. 1.

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There is some thought that Zion's arrival could convince Davis to remain in New Orleans and potentially build a championship-caliber team, but Griffin isn't pressing the issue: 

"From my perspective, I want Anthony Davis to want what we're doing. I want Anthony Davis to want to be part of this. And I'm not focused on much of anything other than, 'Let's get better tomorrow.' If Anthony wants to buy into that, that's fantastic. And if he doesn't, then we'll deal with it when it's appropriate."

WDSU's Fletcher Mackel reported last week that Griffin had not yet managed to change Davis' mind about staying with the Pelicans. Williamson's arrival is a potential game-changer, though, and Griffin told SNY's Ian Begley on Tuesday night that he feels "very strongly" that Davis "will be attracted to what we can build."

New Orleans went just 33-49 this past season, with Davis nursing minor injuries and having his minutes cut during the second half of the campaign.

The Pelicans reached the second round of the playoffs in 2017-18, however, and a core consisting of Davis, Williamson and guard Jrue Holiday is one that could potentially help them return to that level.