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The assumption is Anthony Davis has played his final game for the New Orleans Pelicans, but new general manager David Griffin seems committed to trying to convince the superstar center to remain with the franchise.

Davis requested a trade in late January, setting off a firestorm of rumors ahead of the NBA's February trade deadline. Despite strong interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis was not dealt prior to the deadline. By waiting until the summer to trade Davis, the Pelicans could open the bidding to more teams, most notably the Boston Celtics.

But Griffin, in his introductory press conference Wednesday, made it clear he wants to convince Davis to stay, even if it's going to be a tough sell.

Griffin has to make an effort, but it remains to be seen if Davis actually can be convinced to stay. The franchise hasn't done much to build a winning roster around Davis since he was drafted by New Orleans in 2012. The Pelicans also haven't had a general manager as talented as Griffin, who helped build the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Finals-winning roster around LeBron James.

 

Davis is arguably a top-five player in the NBA and averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. Although, he only played sparingly after the trade deadline.

Whatever happens with Davis, the Pelicans know they have a competent GM driving the boat. That's a good first step for what is about to become a critical time in the team's history.

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