Report: Anthony Davis plans to play for Pelicans before trade deadline

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The Pelicans are reportedly considering shutting down Anthony Davis for the rest of the season if they don’t trade him.

Davis – who’s out with a finger injury that should heal soon – apparently has other ideas.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Davis does plan to play for the Pelicans again before trade deadline in a week, league sources said. Davis wants to play in the NBA All-Star Game in mid-February

I hope Davis plays. He’s having a great season. It’s fun to watch him.

But this is probably ultimately the Pelicans’ call. They have a right to play or not play anyone on their team (unless the league steps in, which I wouldn’t rule out). The best time to trade Davis might be next summer, when the Celtics can get seriously involved. In the meantime, there’s some logic to ensuring Davis doesn’t get hurt and tanking.

It’d be a shame, though. The league is more enjoyable with Davis on the court.

If he gets his way, though, it’ll be extra work for the Pelicans re-editing their intro video.