As Thursday's trade deadline passed, Pelicans fans were left wondering if they would ever see Anthony Davis in a Pelicans uniform again.
The answer, is yes.
General Manager Dell Demps released a statement Thursday night saying that Davis will play the remainder of the 2018-19 season for the Pelicans.
"A number of factors contributed to this decision," the statement reads. "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. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon.
Late in January, Davis' agent informed the Pelicans that he wanted to be traded. Rumors had him submitting a list of teams that didn't include the Boston Celtics, the team widely-believed to be able to offer the best package deal to the Pels.
But, the Celtics couldn't trade for Davis now, due to a technicality, while the Lakers 'offer' apparently didn't sway the team.
With the Pelicans well below .500 and near the bottom of the standings in the NBA's Western Conference, there was no upside to the Pelicans moving Davis now.