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Pelicans weigh in to maintain Anthony Davis through the end of the season to protect their trading value



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Pelicans are already moving from Anthony Davis. Dell Demps could be stuck in the denial phase – he reportedly "does not pick up the phone" to transfer incoming trade issues – but the team has already left Davis their standard video subscription, and withdrew its image from their Twitter page. Most significantly, they also allegedly weigh whether Davis would again fit into Pelican's uniform, whether he trades before the next Friday.

The logic here is a solid rock, and there are also whole shackles of shit. Pelicans are not really positioned to make playoff pressure this season, whether Davis plays or not. And since they are no longer concerned to save their hopes for the playoffs, in order to convince Davis to sign an extension, the best thing he can draw from this season is a nice junior lottery choice in the 2019 draft, plus what can be achieved by trades with the best player in their organization's history. And since Davis is no longer invested in the success of the franchise, he will have absolutely nothing to gain from the risk to his health, but many victories that can help them safely between now and when he eventually leaves the city.

So, it makes sense for everyone involved, other than fans of basketball. Keeping Davies means that fans of one of the top talents in the sport are taken away, and because of the deeply irritating reason for the restrictions of the CBA that aim to limit the movement of players and protect the idiot general managers from the consequences of their own stupidity, make it potentially more profitable for the Pelicans to wait until the end of the month to complete the trade. This is not just about the fake Rule Rose, which functionally retains the wealth of the Celtics beyond the conversation until Ciri Irving's current contract appears in the books. Draft incentives are also leading the move, giving the Pelicans even more to gain a loss than by winning, and by being worth while waiting for a fixed draft warrant before going shopping for "future assets" in a blockbuster trade. To this end, the pay and luxury tax hinges, along with the limits on how teams across these thresholds can work in trades, seriously limit the flexibility teams to engage in Davis's debut. And while we are here, the reverse draft order makes sure that Davis is now potentially problematic about the value of the offered bids in exchange for his services. The pool suites are artificially limited, such as the type and number of frozen trading assets, such as the immediate benefit of having Davis under contract for all but a few hopeful candidates. The whole thing is rigged, and bad.

It's just a sweeter reality of the current league structure, this narrow corridor of interference and self-imposed circumstances that makes maintaining a healthy superstar in 36 games from a far most likely and most logical development. It would not make sense for Davis to take the Pelican floor again; the happiest development will sell them elsewhere, like, tonight, but that also there is little sense, because the various cynical and esoteric restrictions make the league inflexible especially with regard to the movement of the players. So, instead of seeing LeBron James and Anthony Davis or Curie Irving and Anthony Davis, or Joel Embievid and Anthony Davis, or [God help us] Steph Curry and Clay Thompson and Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis-Escape after the end of this season in the NBA, we will probably see that Davis will spend the next two months and will change by wearing suits on a bench on the bench or not at all. Real cool league you have there, NBA.


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