NBA Rumors: Will Anthony Davis Force His Way Out of New Orleans?

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 02/17/17 08:37AM EST

Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA at the moment, but he is stuck with the struggling New Orleans Pelicans. Will Davis force his way out of New Orleans or will he stay and be patient with the team?

The Pelicans drafted Davis first overall in 2012 and he went on to become one of the best young players in the game. Injuries have hobbled him, but he has shown that he can take over the league when healthy.

Davis, who is only 23 years old, signed a five-year, $145 million extension with the Pelicans in the summer of 2015. It was just right after the season when New Orleans qualified for the playoffs and got swept by the Golden State Warriors.

Many people believed that the Pelicans will take the next step, as they hired Alvin Gentry as head coach. However, the team struggled last season and missed the playoffs. The same thing happened this season, but they still have a chance of making it into the postseason.

But it did not prevent NBA rumors to be linked to Davis this season. According to Brian Boyles of Bleacher Report, Davis has plans to leave New Orleans, team up with Russell Westbrook and play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Boyles pointed out that Davis and Westbrook have the same agent who is Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Media Group. A source told him that the two players are plotting to join up in Hollywood sometime down the road.

However, Davis denied the NBA rumors of him joining the Lakers with Westbrook. He told Marc Stein of ESPN that he is not planning anything and he wants to put the Pelicans in the map of NBA history. He added that he wants to persuade Jrue Holiday to re-sign with the team in the offseason.

"Look, I'm here. If I was thinking about leaving, I'd never re-sign last summer. I'm here to stay. I'm here to help this team win and put this franchise back on the map," Davis said.

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