Griffin says Pelicans ‘not in a hurry’ to trade Anthony Davis before 2019 NBA Draft

On Monday morning, news broke that New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin had begun talking to the Los Angeles Lakers and other teams about a possible trade for Anthony Davis, and that he was hoping to get the situation resolved by the 2019 NBA Draft, or even as soon as this weekend.

But while that may be true, Griffin said on a conference call with local media that he isn’t in a rush to do a deal, even if he’s “open minded” about the possibility of one (via Pelicans beat writer Andrew Lopez of The Times-Picayune):

“I don’t anticipate anything of major significance other than the meeting with Zion and his family. I never anticipate that. I’m open minded. I think we all are. There’s a point at which we act. If things evolve in such a way that it’s time for us to make a decision relative to Anthony Davis or any other part of the organization, we will. But we’re not in a hurry to do anything. We don’t feel there is a time sensitivity to anything we’re talking about. That includes AD’s desire to stay or not stay. It’s not something there’s a shot clock on.”

This is sort of what Griffin has to say here. That doesn’t make it not true, but he also can’t publicly admit that he wants to get a deal done by a specific date, because it would give teams leverage over him to try and force a lower deal in negotiations if they know he just wants this resolved.

But Griffin is an experienced executive, and no one should expect him to make a bad deal just to make one, anyway. Of course he’s also open to getting something done, but even if he really wants this to be over, he’s not going to just give Davis away.