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Pelicans explain why they will allow Anthony Davis to play this season

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Pelicans explain why they will allow Anthony Davis to play this season

Last week, Anthony Davis requested to be traded from the Pelicans.

His agent, Rich Paul, let the franchise know that the superstar big man will not sign a supermax extension this summer.

Yet New Orleans elected not to strike a deal before Thursday's deadline, and will presumably wait until the summer to orchestrate a deal.

Does this mean the Warriors might be able to enter the sweepstakes? That's a conversation for another day.

For now, what will the Pelicans do with the six-time All-Star the rest of this season? On Thursday evening, the franchise issued the following statement:

Anthony Davis will play the remainder of the 2018-19 season for the New Orleans Pelicans. A number of factors contributed to this decision. Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies. We believe that Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon."

What does "soon" mean? Davis has missed the last nine games -- the first seven because of a finger injury and the last two because the Pelicans didn't want him to play until the deadline passed (he was medically cleared).

Will Davis be in uniform when New Orleans hosts Minnesota on Friday night? Will the fans at Smoothie King Center boo him incessantly? Does it make more sense to shut him down until after the All-Star break so everybody can catch their breath?

Did the NBA play a role in all of this? ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the answer to that question is, "Yes."

This makes perfect sense because it's not a good look for the league to have a Top 5 player effectively banished for two months.

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But what if Davis suffers a serious injury and the Pelicans lose any and all leverage? This is an extremely unique situation and could end very badly.

When the Warriors play in New Orleans on April 9, hopefully Davis registers 36 minutes and battles down low with Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins.

But that's two months away and a lot can change between then and now.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

NBA rumors: Nets debate signing Kyrie Irving if Kevin Durant not in tow

There was a development Wednesday night in the "Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets" narrative that certainly will be of interest to Warriors fans.

Why?

Because it involves Kevin Durant.

Brian Lewis of The New York Post has the details:

The question is if they can’t land Durant, do they still want Irving? Especially if they have to lose D’Angelo Russell — their own 23-year-old homegrown All-Star — to get him?  

It’s a question that has turned into a civil war among the fan base. It also has become an internal debate the Nets are having right now.  

The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.

Hmmmmmm. 

Last week, Brian Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported that Kyrie is prepared to sign with the Nets in free agency.

Then on Tuesday, there was more smoke:

The latest news makes you wonder if the Nets have learned that KD is not going to sign with Brooklyn. If that is in fact true, perhaps they are going to pull out of the Kyrie sweepstakes altogether.

That would certainly be a crazy twist and would have a pretty big domino effect.

Would Kyrie consider going back to the Celtics? What about a reunion with LeBron James on the Lakers? Is a Kyrie-KD duo with the Knicks still a possibility?

The Warriors -- like everybody else -- are completely in the dark when it comes to Durant's plans. It's only been a week since the two-time NBA Finals MVP underwent surgery on his ruptured right Achilles, and the 10-time All-Star most likely needs some extra time to figure out his future.

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That is completely understandable given what he is going through, and what lies ahead for KD when it comes to rehab.

As for news that pertains to Kyrie, you should expect the next couple of weeks to be quite the roller coaster.

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2019 NBA Draft live stream: Start time, channel to watch all 60 picks

2019 NBA Draft live stream: Start time, channel to watch all 60 picks

The NBA Finals are over, and it's already time for the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft takes place Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in what will be a critical night for all 30 teams in the league. The draft presents the best method to add young, cheap talent, and that's something every squad could use.

The Warriors are no exception. Fully expected to offer both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson max contracts in free agency, it's imperative that the Dubs fill out their roster with cheap options who can grow within their system. Golden State holds the No. 28 and No. 58 overall selections in the draft, and with so many holes on their roster, it's likely the Warriors will go with the best player available at each spot. The possibility of acquiring additional picks also shouldn't be ruled out.

Sacramento has three selections in the draft -- Nos. 40, 47 and 60 overall, all in the second round. After finishing just short of the playoffs, the Kings are counting on the prospects they acquire in the draft to help push them over the top and secure the franchise's first postseason berth since 2006. With three second-round selections, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Kings package some or all of them together in order to move up in the order.

The New Orleans Pelicans hold the first overall selection in the draft, and it's all but guaranteed they'll select Duke star Zion Williamson. The Memphis Grizzlies hold the second overall selection and widely are expected to take Murray State guard Ja Morant.

Here's how you can watch the 2019 NBA Draft on TV and streaming online:

When: 4 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 20
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN