NBA: Pelicans' Davis held out vs. Lakers for 'rest'

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Feb 24 2019 08:39 AM

The expectation that Anthony Davis will be held out of back-to-back game scenarios came to life when it was announced the All-Star forward would miss Saturday night's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Davis was officially held out because of "rest" against the team that was reported to be most interested in acquiring him at the trade deadline earlier this month.

A deadline-deal never went down after Davis informed the franchise that he would not sign a contract extension in the upcoming offseason.

Davis indicated, though, that he still wanted to see time on the court. It put the Pelicans in a tough spot since they do not want to see Davis come away with an injury, but they did not want him to sit out the remainder of the season either.

Watching his minutes and resting him during back-to-backs would seem to be a compromise.

Former Pelicans general manager Dell Demps explained the team's decision to play Davis in a release after the trade deadline passed.

"A number of factors contributed to this decision," Demps said. "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 Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans."

Demps was then relieved of his duties a week later, with it reported that the sides decided to mutually part ways. Danny Ferry is the interim general manager.

Davis played just 19 minutes Friday in the Pelicans' 126-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the team's fist game since the All-Star break. Davis has averaged 35.6 minutes per game this season.

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