Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
New Orleans, LA, United States (4E Sports) - Despite their struggles, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis said he will keep his long-term commitment to the franchise.
"Look, I'm here. If I was thinking about leaving, I'd never re-sign [last summer]. I'm here to stay," said Davis, who signed a five-year, $127 million contract extension with the Pelicans last July.
Davis made the pronouncement amid rumors that he will ask for a trade and plans to team up with Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook with the Los Angeles Lakers someday.
"I'm here to help this team win [and] put this franchise back on the map," said the 23-year-old Davis, who is also trying to convince free agent-to-be Jrue Holiday to re-sign with the Pelicans this summer.
"I'm doing that right now," Davis said. "I talk to Jrue all the time. He'll make his own decisions, but of course we like him here. ... We need him to continue to play well and then, at the end of the season, hopefully he decides to re-sign with us."
Davis is also confident that the Pelicans' front office will do everything to beef up the team. The Pelicans are rumored to be eyeing Philadelphia's Jahlil Okafor and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez.
"Our front office is doing everything to improve our team every day," Davis said. "My job's to go on the court and perform very well and [help] the team perform well where we can make that happen."
The Pelicans are 11th in the Western Conference with a 23-34 record -- just 2 1/2 games behind No. 8 Denver.
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