Anthony Davis leaves game with shoulder injury - the saga continues
Davis left the game last night against the Thunder with a shoulder injury and did not return. Initial reports are that it is merely a shoulder contusion, but further tests may reveal otherwise.
Anthony Davis will not return to the game due to a left shoulder injury, according to the Pelicans.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 15, 2019
AD has missed 14 of New Orleans' 59 games so far this season, and his first four years in the League showed 60, 67, 68 and 61 games-played. He has missed a hell of a lot of games. And he may miss more. Pels Coach Alvin Gentry has truly had it. He called the entire AD saga a "dumpster fire". Can you blame him?
Whether The Brow's injury is real or fake, severe or minor - it doesn't matter. Buyer Beware signs are up. Davis just can't seem to stay on the court. He has made it clear he wants out of New Orleans, and this latest injury certainly doesn't raise his trade value.
The Pelicans could sit Davis for the rest of the season but will be fined for shutting down a healthy Davis. But New Orleans would be getting a higher draft pick by taking that route, and they would be safeguarding their trade asset. Quite a dilemma.
Here's the very latest on the whole "should the Pelicans sit Anthony Davis the rest of the season to protect his trade value" issue, with @WindhorstESPN reporting that the NBA got involved & warned the Pels they'd risk a $100,000 fine PER GAME if they held a healthy AD out. pic.twitter.com/UxBA81TEm5— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 8, 2019
Both the Pelicans and Davis have a lot to lose if this injury is anything more than a minor setback. It seems that a shut-down of AD is something we may see in the near future. It will be interesting to see if he plays in the All-Star game, and my bet is that he will not participate and will be replaced by a player from the Western Conference - perhaps Luka Doncic.
But right now, NBA GM's are thinking about the fragile nature of Davis' physical makeup, and in the end that may be a boon for Danny Ainge if he still feels trading for Davis is the way to go. The Pels asking price for Davis may just have slid a bit more, lessening the risk of taking a shot at Davis and his uncertain health going forward. After not making any significant moves at the trade deadline, Danny can wait until summer to view the entire picture of Davis' health, the Celtics performance in the post-season and the status of Kyrie Irving. After standing pat at the trade deadline, Ainge may still not make any major moves in the summer. He will let the Davis saga play out.
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