Anthony Davis to return to Pelicans’ lineup, will play out rest of season— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 8, 2019NBA executives were worried about Davis being forced to sit out by New Orleans in this situation, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.Davis told New Orleans he would not sign an extension in late January. The Lakers made multiple offers for Davis, including one which featured two first-round picks and multiple players, but ultimately no deal was reached.Davis also reportedly informed New Orleans he’d be willing to consider signing long-term with the Knicks, Clippers and Bucks but he’s planning to test free agency in 2020, according to the New York Times. NBA trade deadline: Takeaways from a whirlwind day of deals Anthony Davis will be back on the floor for the Pelicans.New Orleans had considered shutting down the 25-year-old star for the rest of the season after he asked to be traded. But, the team did not move Davis before Thursday’s deadline and general manager Dell Demps announced he’d play again in 2018-19. “Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games,” Demps said in a statement. “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.” Related News The five-time All-Star has missed the Pelicans’ last nine games with a finger injury, though he reportedly has been healthy enough to play this week. New Orleans decided not to play him before the trade deadline.The Pelicans will host the Timberwolves on Friday.last_img read more

Report: Lakers’ Rajon Rondo defends himself and calls Chris Paul ‘a horrible teammate’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It’s worth noting that Paul is close friends with LeBron James, and James pulled Paul away from the fracas. When asked about it on Monday, James said there was nothing significant about him appearing to react to protect Paul, only that he was concerned with breaking up the fight as fast as possible.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The feud between Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul has continued into the week, but instead of fists, the two former All-Stars are now exchanging words in the press.Rondo struck Tuesday, telling ESPN that Paul is “a horrible teammate” as he defended his own actions in the melee that wound up with both of them suspended. The NBA suspended Paul for two games and Rondo for three. Brandon Ingram was also suspended for four games, but much of the controversy in the last few days has swirled around Paul and Rondo and their apparently decade-long rivalry.One of the reasons the NBA gave Rondo a longer suspension than Paul (besides throwing the first punch) was that high-resolution video confirmed Paul’s account that Rondo spit on him. The spit provoked Paul to jab a finger in Rondo’s face, leading to the ugly brawl that required a number of other players to split the two men apart.Rondo told ESPN that if he spit, it was not intentional: “I had a mouthpiece in my mouth and I (was) exasperated because I was about to tell him to ‘get the (expletive) out of here.’” Rondo pointed out in the replay that his hands were on his hips, and he was not ready for Paul to retaliate (which he would have been if he meant to spit). Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe also went after Paul’s image, saying that the media was quick to side with him after the spat. He cited the famed “secret passage” incident between the Rockets and Clippers as evidence that Paul’s reputation belies his true character.“Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy,” he said in the report. “They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people. Look at what he did last year when he was in L.A.; trying to get to the Clippers’ locker room. They don’t want to believe he’s capable of taunting and igniting an incident.”Multiple reports have unearthed bad blood between the two dating to at least 2009, when they had a minor confrontation after a game (Rondo was on the Celtics; Paul was on the Hornets). There has been media speculation that there might be ties to when Rondo was snubbed from the 2008 Olympic team that Paul won a gold medal with.Rondo didn’t seem to like the rumors that arose. While he remained short in comments at Monday’s shootaround to multiple media members, he subsequently decided to be more expansive.“I was going to let it rest,” he said. “I wasn’t going to say much. But now I have kids, and I teach my kids to speak up for themselves and don’t let the world tell their story.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more