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Report: Anthony Davis plans to play for Pelicans before trade deadline

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 09: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball over Jalen Jones #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Smoothie King Center on January 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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The Pelicans are reportedly considering shutting down Anthony Davis for the rest of the season if they don’t trade him.

Davis – who’s out with a finger injury that should heal soon – apparently has other ideas.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN:

Davis does plan to play for the Pelicans again before trade deadline in a week, league sources said. Davis wants to play in the NBA All-Star Game in mid-February

I hope Davis plays. He’s having a great season. It’s fun to watch him.

But this is probably ultimately the Pelicans’ call. They have a right to play or not play anyone on their team (unless the league steps in, which I wouldn’t rule out). The best time to trade Davis might be next summer, when the Celtics can get seriously involved. In the meantime, there’s some logic to ensuring Davis doesn’t get hurt and tanking.

It’d be a shame, though. The league is more enjoyable with Davis on the court.

If he gets his way, though, it’ll be extra work for the Pelicans re-editing their intro video.