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Anthony Davis: My desire is still to win with Pelicans

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OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 14: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans dribbles against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 14, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The Pelicans are 4-10 and likely to miss the playoffs for the fourth time in Anthony Davis’ five-year career. Davis has admitted frustration, which has fueled traded speculation.

But does the franchise superstar really want to leave New Orleans?

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Have aspirations to win in New Orleans wavered amid the poor results and injury disappointment?

“No, no, never,” Davis told The Vertical.

“My desire to win here is the same,” Davis told The Vertical. “I go out there and play. I don’t care what the record is. I just go out there and play. I have to lead this team and make sure my guys are always happy and high energy. I don’t care what people say about our team. They’re not in our locker room seeing us, not part of our group. That’s all white noise.

Davis is locked up for three more seasons after this one. In other words, he has no leverage to force a trade. Acquiring a player of his stature – just 23 years old and already an MVP candidate – is so hard. The Pelicans aren’t going to unload him when they have plenty of time to try (again) to build around him.

Perhaps, Davis sincerely loves New Orleans and is committed above else to winning there. That’d be great and absolutely could be the case.

But if he has some desire to move to greener pastures, he’s also probably smart enough to realize he can’t act on that now. He’ll be with the Pelicans for the foreseeable future, so it’s best to make the most of it. They are 2-0 since Jrue Holiday returned, so maybe the situation in New Orleans is not as bad as it appeared.

Either mindset would produce the same result: the quote you read above.

What we know for certain: Davis isn’t so despondent with the Pelicans that he’s badmouthing the organization or trying to force his way out while not in position to do so. If you take his words at face value, you’d be even more encouraged with his commitment to New Orleans – but, for now, a his stated commitment is more than enough. Davis will act on that, and that’s what counts.