Pelicans Writer On AD: "The Decision Has Been Made"

David Griffin can say whatever he wants; Anthony Davis is leaving New Orleans – sooner rather than later

May 22, 2019 - 7:45 am
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David Griffin brought stability and credibility to the New Orleans Pelicans. Zion Williamson, meanwhile, brings hope, especially with Anthony Davis on his way out of town.

Griffin thinks he has a chance to keep Davis, but Pelicans fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

“I think that’s the impression that they want to give,” Crescent City Sports Pelicans writer David Grubb said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I believe that ultimately Anthony Davis is leaving New Orleans. Whether that happens this offseason or he waits until the season begins, Anthony Davis is not staying. There’s been no indication that he has changed his stance. Immediately after the lottery, it was reported that he had not changed his stance. I don’t know what you can say about the franchise and the changes that have been made that are going to convince him New Orleans is the place he wants to be.”

Even if Davis did stay, could the franchise truly trust him? Could they trust that he would be all-in?

“I don’t know if I would want someone to come back after they told me I would rather play for any of those 29 (other teams) than you,’ and then say, ‘All is forgiven. I’m back,’” Grubb said. “I don’t know if you can ever fully trust that that person is committed to what you’re trying to build.”

Pelicans fans, Grubb said, don’t hate Davis; they’re just resigned to the fact that he’s leaving. They also, by and large, feel his reasons for wanting out are valid.

“I think the decision has been made,” Grubb said. “I think there’s more to it than just he doesn’t want to lose anymore. Where did he say his stated teams were? He said the Knicks. He said the Lakers. Neither one of those teams is close to the position that the Pelicans are right now to start winning very quickly. Neither one of those teams. So if he stated those are his teams, then how can winning be the the thing that’s driving this decision?” 

With or without Davis, the Pelicans are ready for the Zion era to begin – and they have the ticket sales to prove it.

“New Orleans is a defiant city,” Grubb said. “Fans are very vocal, as we saw in the aftermath of what happened with the Saints. People are excited. They sold more season tickets the night of the lottery for Zion – twice as much, in fact – as they did when Anthony Davis was announced as the No. 1 pick. So there’s basketball excitement in New Orleans, and I think they’re going to change their reputation this season.”

Click below to listen to Grubb’s interview in its entirety.