The New Orleans Pelicans' front office wouldn't allow Anthony Davis to return from injury versus the Indiana Pacers on Monday night despite the star forward being medically cleared to play, sources told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Davis reportedly wanted to suit up after missing seven games with a finger sprain before team executives denied his efforts.
The six-time All-Star recently asked to be traded, and reportedly gave New Orleans a list of four teams he'd sign with long term. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-20 campaign.
If Davis isn't dealt before the Feb. 7 deadline, the Pelicans could allow him to return and finish the season with the team. However, the front office could also choose to shut Davis down for the remainder of this season and avoid risking an injury that could damage his trade value.
For his part, Davis has said he intends to play for the Pelicans as long as he remains on the roster, but that the team has "every right" to hold him out.
The Los Angeles Lakers - one of Davis' preferred destinations - have reportedly been aggressive in trade talks, but it's not yet clear if their offers will convince New Orleans to part with the big man before the deadline.
The Pelicans are reportedly hesitant to make a deal this week, as some within the organization don't want to trade Davis until the summer, when the Boston Celtics can join the bidding with their young core and with extra picks in the upcoming drafts.