After considering closing All-NBA center Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans will allow Davis to return to the lineup for the remainder of the season, the team confirmed in a statement Thursday night.
After the trade deadline with Davis on the list expired on Thursday, pelican officials and coach Alvin Gentry met to discuss the plan to rejoin Davis to the team, league sources told ESPN. The sources said that the NBA office was concerned about the possibility that a healthy star would be forced to sit in this situation.
In a statement on Thursday night explaining the decision, general manager Dell Demps said: "A number of factors contributed to this decision." Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and gives our team the best opportunity to win games. " .
"In addition, the pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and to align our organization with NBA policies, we believe that Anthony's game supports the values that are best for the NBA and its fans, we hope to see Anthony in a pelican" . uniform again soon. "
Davis has said he wants to return to the lineup and finish the season on the court.
Because Davis had requested a trade 11 days ago and informed the organization that he would leave in free agency in 2020, the possibility of leaving Davis sitting and preserving his health as a commercial badet was considered, the sources said.
Davis missed nine games with a finger injury, but was allowed to practice this week.