Anthony Davis, who is currently out with a sprained left index finger, has been edited out of the New Orleans Pelicans introduction video just two days after news that he wants to be traded surfaced. The Pelicans ended up losing their home game against the Denver Nuggets. The final score was 105-99.
The New Orleans Pelicans removed Anthony Davis from the end of the intro video where it shows the entire team.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) January 31, 2019
Davis was subsequently fined $50,000 by the NBA over said trade request.
Pelicans star Anthony Davis has been fined $50,000 for his representative, Rich Paul, going on the record for trade request, violating CBA. https://t.co/oYex8zL1O3— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2019
Agent Rich Paul has notified the New Orleans Pelicans that All-NBA forward Anthony Davis has no intention of signing a contract extension if and when presented and that he has requested a trade, Paul told ESPN on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
Davis was also reportedly edited out of the Pelicans' Twitter banner.
Not sure when it changed, but the official Pelicans Twitter account header photo is now Jrue Holiday and no longer Anthony Davis getting fired up after a big shot in the playoffs last year. pic.twitter.com/avvRbsIrak— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) January 30, 2019
Also, something to keep in mind:
If no trade materializes between now and the Feb. 7 buzzer, with the playoffs essentially out of reach, New Orleans has much more incentive to keep Anthony Davis shelved in the name of protecting its prized trade asset rather than playing him. As does Davis himself ...— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 31, 2019