However, with Davis on the trade block and the NBA trade deadline Thursday (3 ET), the Pelicans have decided to sit him Wednesday night vs. Chicago and not risk an injury to their star. Coach Alvin Gentry said as much to the media at shootaround Wednesday.
“He is [available], but we’re not going to play him until after the trading deadline. I think everybody can understand that.”
This news is right up there with “President Trump wants a border wall” on the list of least surprising announcements. Everyone saw this coming.
The interesting question is what happens after Thursday if/when Davis is not traded (sources continue to tell me it is a long shot he is moved on Thursday). The concerns about an injury don’t magically disappear after the trade deadline passes, which would make it logical for both Davis’ camp and the Pelicans to want him to sit (plus the Pelicans are now taking for better draft lottery odds). That is not Davis’ nature, however, he wants to be out there
Also, what would the league say about a top-five player being a healthy scratch for 30 games? It would not be a good look for the league, and the NBA is always concerned about its image.