The New Orleans Pelicans are actually having a decent season (15-15) this year, but that didn’t stop plenty of Anthony Davis trade talk from surfacing Tuesday in the wake of Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest feature on the All-Star big man on ESPN.com.
There were a few interesting nuggets in the piece, including a not-so-surprising confirmation that the Celtics called about Davis last year, and will remain “vigilant” if the Pelicans ever make him available. The 24-year-old also praised the winning culture of franchises like the Celtics, Warriors and Cavs, given their success despite recent injuries. He also wondered aloud about the Pelicans long-term plans and his desire to win after seeing other stars around the league get dealt this offseason.
“You see how organizations treat players," Davis told Wojnarowski. "Isaiah Thomas. DeMarcus (Cousins) told me that (the Kings) told him that he wasn't going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah took his team to the Eastern Conference finals, and they traded him. It makes you wonder: Does this organization really have my back? I've been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we're moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, (Rajon) Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win. It's not about the money. It's not about having fans. The most important thing to me: winning. That's what I want to do. And I want to do it here."
So what should Celtics fans make of these comments and the dream of a Davis deal down the line? A few thoughts in the wake of the piece: