Anthony Davis to Lakers Pelicans GM makes surprising admission over star's future

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Anthony Davis to Lakers: Pelicans GM makes surprising admission over star's future. That was confirmed by Pelicans’ new general manager Danny Ferry on Thursday.

The Pelicans take on the Indiana Pacers on Friday, in their first game back since the All Star break.

Davis played just five minutes in the All Star game for Team LeBron after suffering a shoulder injury in the Pelicans’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He was seen leaving the arena with agent Rich Paul after suffering the injury, leading many to believe that it was faked.

In the aftermath of the injury, and with the rumour mill in full flow, the Pelicans fired general manager Dell Demps, in part due to his handling of the Davis situation.

Ferry was subsequently hired as his replacement, and is reportedly tasked with dealing with Davis’ trade in the summer.

The wantaway star had played just four times since demanding a trade from the organisation.

But now the Pelicans have been told they have to play him, or face a fine of $100,000 per game from the NBA.

Speaking with media on Thursday, Ferry confirmed that the franchise would abide by the laws of the league, but seemed less than happy about having to do so.

“You will see a reduction in Anthony's minutes,” Ferry said.

“League rules made it clear Anthony has to play.

“As we've done previously, we will continue to follow their lead but also be focused on the future of the team."

ESPN reports that the Pelicans plan to play Davis 20-25 minutes per game until the end of the season.

The Pelicans are currently 13th in the Western Conference, and face little chance of making it to the playoffs, so it is highly likely that Davis will only have 25 games left with the franchise before sealing his move away.

The Lakers attempted to get Davis before the trade deadline earlier this month, but all of their offers were rebuffed.

Instead, the Pelicans want to wait until the summer to try and do a deal with the Boston Celtics involving Jayson Tatum.

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