The pelicans are already retiring from Anthony Davis. Dell Demps may be in denial ̵
The logic here is absolutely solid and also sucks whole shit. The Pelicans are not realistically positioned to boost their playoffs this season, whether Davis plays or not. And since they are no longer concerned about saving their playoff hopes to convince Davis to sign an extension, the best thing they can do to get out of this season is a nice, hefty lottery pick in the 2019 draft and whatever they can achieve to be the best player in the history of their organization. And since Davis is no longer invested in the success of the franchise, he has absolutely nothing to do if he gains his health for many of the profits he has been able to secure until now and whenever he leaves the city.
So it makes sense for everyone, except basketball fans. Keeping Davis out of the game is robbing fans of one of sports 'outstanding talents, and for the deeply irritating reason that the CBA's restrictions restrict the players' movement and protect idiotic general managers from the consequences of their own stupidity, they may make them more profitable for the Pelicans Wait offseason to complete a trade. This is not just about the fake Rose Rule, which functionally keeps Keltics out of the conversation until Kyrie Irving's current contract comes out of the books. Design incentives also drive this move by winning the Pelicans more by losing than by winning, and it pays to wait for a set design before looking for "future assets" in a blockbuster trade. As far as the matter is concerned, the salary cap and the luxury tax, along with the restrictions on how teams that exceed these thresholds can trade, limit the flexibility that teams need to participate in the Davis Raffle. And while we're here, the reverse design order may now make the Davis backup problematic for the value of pick picks offered in return for its services. The pool of applicants is artificially limited, as well as the type and number of fungible commodities, and the immediate advantage that Davis is under contract to all but a few hopeful competitors. The whole thing is manipulated and bad.
It's just a shitty reality of the current structure of the League, this narrow corridor of contracting and self-inflicted circumstances that makes a healthy superstar for 36 games by far the most likely and logical development. It does not make much sense for Davis to speak again for the pelicans. The happiest development would cause him to trade him elsewhere, as it did tonight, but that does not make much sense as various cynical and esoteric restrictions make the league inflexible, specifically with regard to the player movement. Instead of watching LeBron James and Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis or Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis or Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, the final stages of this NBA season romp around. It is likely that Davis will spend the next two months and will not change in a swimsuit on the bench or at all. Really cool league that you have, NBA.