Pelicans To Challenge NBA About Being Forced To Play Anthony Davis?

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Marc Stein of The New York Times is reporting there were strong signals in Charlotte over NBA All-Star weekend that the Pelicans — with Danny Ferry now serving as acting general manager following Friday’s firing of Dell Demps — intend to re-engage the NBA this week in hopes of convincing league officials to rethink their stance about forcing them to play Anthony Davis.

Allowing Davis to play and suffer a minor shoulder injury last week against the Oklahoma City Thunder was what ultimately resulted in Pelicans owner Gayle Benson deciding it was time to move on from Demps.

Prior to having AD return to the club following an extended absence from an injury to his left index finger, the Pelicans had considered the possibility of shutting him down for the rest of the season to prevent him from getting injured and losing value on the trade market. The league office had concerns about the Pelicans forcing a healthy player to sit out the rest of the season.

Davis will be a free agent following next season but confirmed while out with his finger injury he will not sign a long-term contract with New Orleans and prefers to be traded. Despite the request, the Pelicans were unable to trade him before the NBA trade deadline and will now have to wait until the summer to acquire assets in exchange for their franchise center.

Davis participated in the NBA All-Star Game, playing five first-half minutes, scoring five points and grabbing one rebound.