The trade deadline and the All-Star weekend are in the books.
Anthony Davis is still a pelican.
But that does not mean that the Davis saga in New Orleans is clearer. Far from there.
The purpose of pre-maturity trade negotiations between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers raised more questions than it solved and virtually ensured a series of tragedies and uncertainties surrounding Davis and his future.
What will pelicans do with Anthony Davis?
In addition to the most glaring question of where Davis will ultimately land, how will the Pelicans and Davis handle the rest of the season is the most blatant concern.
A report from the New Orleans lawyer after the Sunday All-Star game will tell a team and a player, almost in the dark, what the immediate future holds for us.
Next week is going to be weird (again).
There are people among the pelicans who believe that AD has played its last game for the franchise.
AD made it clear this weekend that he intended to keep playing.
The NBA has not clarified its position. So, what is the tipping point?
– Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 18, 2019
In a way, we still do not know if the pelicans intend to give Davis regular minutes and what kind of pressure the team is undergoing from the NBA.
Without the external pressures of maintaining the competitive integrity of the game and the respect of a New Orleans paying fan base by placing the best possible product on the ground, the correct answer is obvious.
Davis should not play another game in New Orleans.
Even a small risk of injury, that's too much
Even though it is relatively small, the risk of injury for Davis and any imminent decrease in commercial value is obvious to Pelicans. They are the big losers of this deal and are now forced to pay the price of not having built around a generational talent.
But they have a bright light at the end of this tunnel filled with sewage. There will be a competitive market salivating on Davis this summer, which should ultimately provide decent transportation to the Pelicans in return.
Davis's injury would be devastating
If he is seriously injured – think of Achilles tendon of DeMarcus Cousins - this disadvantage is overdue. And that's reason enough for Davis to stay with the team for the rest of his time.
Some claim that the risk of continuing to play with Davis could be hurt down the stairs or by car. It can be hurt for anything, so Pelicans could just as well expose it to more risk of injury.
It's a stupid argument.
Any action taken by pelicans to mitigate risks is a prudent step and removing them from sport competition removes the greatest risk of reasonable injury in Davis' everyday life.
Other factors to consider
This is not an idiotic argument that concerns the aforementioned concerns regarding the competitive balance and concern of pelicans' fans. These elements can not be removed from the equation, so this question remains complicated.
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Basketball is above all an entertainment. And even if the pelican fans intend to show Davis with all their will, it is not ethically fair to charge a high paying fan base without regularly laying the best product possible.
The fans of New Orleans have suffered enough. They should not be submitted to a team with Jrue Holiday and Jahlil Okafor, while Davis is in good health.
Competitive integrity is a legitimate concern
And then, there is the question of competitive equilibrium. Pelicans may not be concerned about the playoff race. But most of the teams they will face will certainly be. If Davis sits, these teams will gain a useless competitive advantage over teams facing the closure of New Orleans before Davis.
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According to the Lawyer report, even the NBA is not sure how to handle things.
Things appeared much clearer at the trade deadline
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A shoulder injury crowned a weird week for pelicans
When he left the last game before the break of the All-Star match against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a bruise in the shoulder, all that was said to play him for the rest of the season seemed a ridiculous notion.
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Fortunately for everyone involved, the injury was not serious because Davis was healthy enough to play in the All-Star game on Sunday, though it was limited to five minutes, as Team LeBron clearly had in mind the best interest of Davis for his future.
So what now?
What all this leads to is a messy and confusing mess for all parties involved. There is no easy answer to what pelicans should do.
And because of that, the trade-off is mostly a likely scenario. Expect pelicans to make shy efforts to get Davis minutes – enough to appease the NBA while pretending to worry about fans and the competitive balance.
How does Gentry explain that pulling Davis out of a competitive game while exhorting the rest of his players to give everything will be his problem.
It will be a situation that leaves no party involved satisfied.
This is what happens when business demands are manifested in public.
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