Anthony Davis is one of the league’s most exciting up-and-coming players, and could very well go down as an all-time big man once his career is said and done in 15 years time.
Davis is only 24 years of age, but is already a four-time All-Time All-Star — winning the All-Star game MVP in one of them — a two-time All-NBA team member, and a two-time All-Defensive team member.
Despite his various individual accolades however, his production hasn’t exactly translated to team success in New Orleans, through no fault of his own.
AD has only appeared in the postseason once through his six years and counting in the NBA, back in 2015, facing the eventual 2015 NBA champion Golden State Warriors as an eighth seed, falling to GSW in four straight games.
The Pelicans’ front office has been less than great ever since Davis was drafted back in 2012, and even though they did make the move for DeMarcus Cousins in February of last year, that trade has yet to pay off as the Pelicans missed the playoffs again last year, and are only sitting in 8th place in the West so far this season.
Because of the lack of team success, Davis could very well be looking for a move to a much more capable franchise according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
“Davis is in the second season of a five-year, $127 million contract that expires in 2021. He has been patient with the Pelicans’ personnel problems and their frequent missteps. He loves New Orleans and swears he doesn’t long for a major market. He does, however, long for a well-run, well-balanced franchise. He sees it with San Antonio and Oklahoma City and plans to hold his team accountable to find a way. Cousins’ arrival is a start, but the Pelicans are devoid of depth and developing young talent.”
You can’t blame Davis for thinking — however small that thought — about a move to a franchise who actually knows what they’re doing, something New Orleans have a hard time proving.
“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland, Boston,” he said. “They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well. KD-Steph-Draymond-Klay. They play so well with each other. They move the basketball. They don’t care who scores. Steph and Draymond are out, and they still won. KD is out. They still win.”
With Davis‘ statement in mind, OKC and San Antonio are two teams who could very well be in the running to acquire AD once his contract is up, or even trade for him if they manage to package the right assets.
New Orleans better find a way to make ‘Fire and Ice’ work very soon, otherwise, they could risk losing their franchise star who’s not only a perennial All-Star, but a player who could be a multiple time MVP.