With a flurry of trade rumors surrounding his future, Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has been medically cleared to play from his left index finger fracture, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. However, New Orleans does not plan on playing Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline and will re-evaluate his status if he’s not dealt, per Charania (Twitter link).
Charania’s report comes after Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports wrote earlier today that Davis had hoped to play in Monday’s game against Indiana, but was held out of action by the Pelicans.
Davis, 25, has not played since January 18 when he suffered the injury to his left index finger. He was initially expected to miss one to two weeks until he was diagnosed with a fracture.
Prior to the injury, Davis was in the midst of another MVP-caliber season. In 41 games, the five-time All-Star is averaging career-highs with 29.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG and 2.6 BPG.
The five-time All-Star’s named has been mired in rumors since his demand to be traded went public. The Lakers have been the most active team in pursuit of Davis but reportedly “pulled out” of trade talks – at least for now – due to New Orleans’ high demands.
As we have previously relayed, Davis’ agent Rich Paul notified Pelicans’ brass that Davis would entertain signing long-term deals with the Knicks, Bucks and Clippers. The Celtics also maintain a strong interest but it does not appear to be mutual.