New Pelicans vice president David Griffin talked very optimistically about keeping Anthony Davis in New Orleans despite the star’s trade request. The former Cavaliers general manager touted his relationship with agent Rich Paul, who represents Davis and several players Griffin signed in Cleveland – most prominently LeBron James, but also Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith. Griffin even cleverly paved the path for Davis to return after his “That’s All Folks!” shirt further alienated Pelicans fans.
But Griffin’s effort has apparently gone for naught.
Fletcher Mackel of WDSU:
Griffin still wants and could get an in-person meeting with Davis. Perhaps, that will change Davis’ mind. But it seems very unlikely.
Soon after the lottery, the Davis sweepstakes will likely kick back into high gear. Establishing a draft order will solidify trade offers, but it sounds as if Griffin wants more than picks. He said the goal is remaining competitive around Jrue Holiday, even without Davis.
The Celtics – who have loomed over the Davis saga – can make a compelling offer. But will they offer as many assets for Davis only one year ahead of his unrestricted free agency if Kyrie Irving is leaving this summer? It’s a huge question that opens the door for other teams.
Once Griffin finishes his longshot bid to convince Davis to stay.
It seems that time is nearing.