[blurb-title player='David Griffin' team='NOP' pos='Team'] [blurb-fact]ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that former Cavs' GM David Griffin is finalizing a deal to become the new President of Basketball Operations for the Pelicans. [/blurb-fact] [blurb-opinion]The official title…
May 22, 2019, 9:07 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
FS1’s Chris Broussard suggested that the Nets could be a dark horse when it comes to landing Anthony Davis.
Brooklyn could offer the Pelicans a package that includes D’Angelo Russell (as part of a sign-and-trade), big man Jarrett Allen and their two first-round picks in the June 20 NBA Draft, the No. 17 and No. 27 overall selections. The Nets’ hope is to bring both AD and free agent-to-be Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn as Sean Marks seems determined to build a contender. AD and his agent Rich Paul are expected to meet with David Griffin in Los Angeles soon, so we should know more about the All-Star’s’ future once this meeting finally takes place.
Source: FOX Sports
May 21, 2019, 12:27 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans president David Griffin said that his meeting with Anthony Davis is "To look each other in the eye and talk about what's important to us," and will take place in Los Angeles around the same time as the draft workouts.
Griffin also said that the team is very confident that they have a compelling situation for Davis based on conversations with Davis' agent Rich Paul. On a side note, it is interesting that the meeting will take place in Los Angeles with the Lakers at the center of all trade talk. If Davis reaffirms his desire to play elsewhere, things will start to speed up quickly on the trade front with the draft approaching.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
May 18, 2019, 12:19 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is denying previous rumors that she prohibited GM David Griffin from trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN previously reported, "We have been told, I think, through channels – most of us have heard this same scuttlebutt – that Gayle Benson has basically told him, 'To the Lakers, over my dead body,'" Benson is now denying this report, calling it "totally absurd" and "completely untrue." The Celtics, Lakers and Knicks remain the frontrunners to land Davis if David Griffin cannot convince him to stay with the Pelicans during their expected meeting next week.
Source: Fletcher Mackel on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 12:03 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis is expected to meet with the Pelicans' front office within the next week to discuss his future with the team.
It has already been reported that Davis still wants to be traded, but It looks like David Griffin is making a last ditch effort in order to convince him to stay with the team. Winning the first overall pick in the lottery will sure help Griffin's case, but it seems like Davis' mind is all but made up.
May 15, 2019, 10:21 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that Anthony Davis hasn’t changed his stance on the trade request he made back in January, even after the Pelicans won the lottery.
Whether AD can be swayed back in the fold remains to be seen. Tuesday’s news reportedly did not change his stance as he presumably still wants out. David Griffin plans to meet face to face with the superstar and his agent, Rich Paul, sometime soon and a lot is expected to come out of this meeting.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 14, 2019, 8:54 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery and will pick first overall.
The Pelicans, Lakers and Grizzlies all beat the odds and moved up into the top-4, with the Pelicans ultimately taking the top selection despite a six percent chance of winning the lottery. The Grizzlies will pick second, followed by the Knicks, Lakers, Cavs, Suns, Bulls, Hawks, Wizards, Hawks (via Dallas), Wolves, Hornets, Heat and Celtics. With Zion Williamson all but guaranteed to be a Pelican next season, they now have a potential game-changer to pair with Anthony Davis. It's a fascinating development in the context of Davis' trade request, and it's possible that he softens his stance with the dynamic Williamson set to join the fold. David Griffin has been insistent that he's going to try and convince Davis to re-sign with the Pelicans, and his case got a whole lot stronger tonight.
May 14, 2019, 2:40 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
According to reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Knicks are set to shift their focus in full force to acquiring Anthony Davis if they should win the rights to the top pick in the NBA draft on Tuesday night.
In what has been an under-the-radar possibility for months now, the Knicks could potentially have the most ammunition for an Anthony Davis trade package. The actuality of the Knicks trading for Davis hinges not only on the lottery outcome but also the team's ability to sign superstar-level talent in this summer's free agency class. This story is going to heat up.
Source: Shams Charania on Stadium
April 17, 2019, 3:06 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Speaking at his introductory press conference on Wednesday, new Pelicans Executive VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin said that he thinks Anthony Davis would be open to staying in New Orleans.
Griffin got that impression from discussions with Davis' representative, Rich Paul. It certainly helps that New Orleans has a respected basketball mind calling the shots now, but it'd still be a surprise if the Pelicans proceeded with Davis in limbo — Griffin wants to know whether he's in or out before anything happens. This could also be a leverage play to force potential trade suitors to pony up as much as possible. Expect plenty more updates on Davis' thoughts throughout the summer.
Source: Will Guillory on Twitter
April 17, 2019, 12:03 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Joe Vardon of the Athletic is reporting that it’s more than likely that David Griffin, the Pelicans new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, will first make a direct appeal to Anthony Davis to stay in New Orleans.
Griffin and his staff built a successful team in Cleveland helping LeBron James win the title with the Cavs and he is an executive that is highly regarded around the league. The Pelicans could have $25 million in cap space this summer, should Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton leave as free agents, and hold all of their future first-round picks, starting with this year’s pick. AD seemed to burn a lot of bridges with the Pelicans this year but it will be interesting to see what kind of approach Griffin takes with him. Stay tuned.
Source: The Athletic
April 10, 2019, 9:56 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Danny Ferry, David Griffin and Gersson Rosas have emerged as the favorites in the Pelicans’ GM search.
Rosas reportedly impressed Pelicans officials during his interview, but the experience of Ferry and Griffin is highly valued by the brain trust and appears to have given them the edge. With the abrupt resignation of Magic Johnson yesterday, David Griffin might be someone the Lakers also turn to since he has worked with LeBron James in the past, while the Cavs GM.
Source: Jeff Duncan on Twitter
April 9, 2019, 11:18 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (“lower back spasms”) closed the book on his looney tunes season with a “That’s all folks!” t-shirt but no fantasy stats on Tuesday.
How does one describe AD’s season? Well, on a per-game basis, despite not playing more than 22 minutes in any game since the all-star break (11 of his 56 total games), he was still the second best fantasy player on a per-game basis this season. Even with the 26 missed games, he was a top-15 player as far as total stats. As tired as many fantasy managers might be of Davis, he’ll still be just 26 as he enters his next season, and he’s stayed relatively healthy for three straight seasons while performing as one of the absolute best. Wherever he ends up, he’ll be the focal point of the offense and worthy of a top-5 pick.
Source: Sporting News on Twitter