After the meeting, Gentry said Davis was slated to start at IN on Friday night.
The ploy worked, and the Pelicans never fully engaged the Lakers despite the massive offer that Los Angeles was reportedly offering.
"As we've done previously, we'll continue to follow their lead", Ferry said on a conference call.
With LeBron mentoring a young core in LA, the 3 time champion had some wise words for his team, also calling them out for being afraid in his post match comments. "Therefore, you'll see a reduction in Anthony's minutes".
"We have 23 games left and we'll see what happens." he added.
After Davis played just 20 minutes in a road loss to in, the Pelicans chose to "rest" their superstar on Saturday with the Lakers in town. The Lakers aggressively pursued him before the trade deadline, but after that fell through, the Boston Celtics might be the favorites to land him.
"He's playing the game tomorrow", Gentry said Thursday. We got whatever we wanted offensively.
James has denied having any influence over Paul's dealings with Davis, which would represent a violation of the NBA's tampering rules.
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Jrue Holiday had 27 points and seven assists for New Orleans, and Julius Randle scored 24 points against Los Angeles, the team that drafted him in the first round five years ago, but wouldn't re-sign him last summer.
National Basketball Association rules forbid clubs from resting healthy players in ways deemed detrimental to the league, particularly for nationally televised games and road games. And with three losses in the past four games, their chances this season are fading. "This has obviously been a challenge lately".
While Davis spent the game on the bench wearing a dark suit, the players in uniform for New Orleans lit up the scoreboard and filled the stat sheet against a Lakers team needing a strong finish to the regular season to make the play-offs. So, losing Game 1 to Houston [at home], it feels the same way as losing Game 59 in New Orleans to me. "I love my job and I'd like to be here a long time".
When asked if it was too late for the Lakers to build some consistency, LeBron worriedly said that he didn't quite know. A person familiar with the situation says the Pelicans have fired general manager Demps.
The tentative plan is to play Davis 20-25 minutes a game, Ferry said. That's asking a lot out of anybody with the way things have been. Despite pressure to shut Davis down the rest of the season to mitigate injury risk, he returned February 8 in the Pelicans' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"It's normal for us".
"We had no sense of urgency", Kuzma said. I think we're making more out of that than what it is. We sit down, talk to him about it. "But it isn't awkward for us at all".