In a closed-door, L.A. meeting today, EVP David Griffin made the case for Anthony Davis to stay in New Orleans.
(via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski)
New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin met with Davis on Wednesday and the two are "expected to continue a dialogue moving forward." According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Griffin is trying to convince Davis that there is a very bright future in New Orleans amid all the trade rumors involving the franchise's superstar.
Amid several losing seasons, it appeared the Pelicans had no clear plan or direction for their future. They were stuck overpaying for bad contracts, could not recruit stars to come and play for the team, and reside in one of the lowest NBA markets in the league.
Anthony Davis requested a trade from the team in early February, and made it known he wanted to be a Lakers.
Following a failed attempt by the Lakers to fulfill Davis' request, he was left to finish the season in New Orleans, and talks are expected to resume in July. But following a front-office move that brought in basketball genius David Griffin as Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations, and a lucky bounce that gifted the team with the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, the tone has shifted for the franchise.
Now, Griffin is trying to get Davis to buy-in to their improving culture, starting with this early summer sit down. So far nothing has changed, and Griffin plans to communicate further with Davis to establish a plan involving the future of the star.
It will be an uphill battle for sure, and one the Pelicans are likely to lose. But it will not be due to a lack of their trying.