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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry downplayed all the Anthony Davis trade drama

Back in October, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that New Orleans wouldn’t trade Anthony Davis for anybody — even Beyonce.

Fast forward to Monday, and the Pelicans have been asked by Davis’ representation to trade the star big man. Gentry, though, did he best to downplay the immediacy of the trade request. He told reporters that Davis showed up to the facility and was ready to work like everything was normal.

He also added that Davis intends to play out the rest of the season with the Pelicans.

Gentry said:

“We were informed by his people that obviously he’s not going to sign the extension and would like to be traded. Out of respect for A.D. and our franchise, I think there’s gonna be a statement issued later on — you guys can wait for that. But as far as my role and what’s going on — he’s still under contract, he’s still on our team. I spoke to him this morning. He thinks his finger’s getting better. He’s planning on playing out the season … I think A.D. is a professional guy. He’s gonna play as hard as he can once he gets well.”

Davis is still under contract through next season, so the Pelicans aren’t necessarily in a rush to trade him before the deadline. They can sit back and assess the best option in the offseason.

But Davis had made it clear he wants to play for a contender, and many see the Lakers as the likely destination.

“He’s planning on playing out the season.”

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