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Friday, February 15, 2019

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Report: Anthony Davis, Pelicans re-evaluating plan for playing time

Anthony Davis wingspan

The saga over Anthony Davis’s playing time may not be over yet.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Davis and the Pelicans are re-evaluating the best way to handle the center’s playing time following the All-Star break. This comes in light of the fact that the Pelicans have been limiting his minutes and sitting him late in games after being admonished by the NBA over the possibility of sitting him completely to protect him.

The situation has been exacerbated after Davis walked out of Thursday’s game early after suffering a shoulder injury, which angered and embarrassed ownership.

It is unclear what changes, if any, the Pelicans and Davis will opt to make to his minutes. Neither side can really be enjoying the current situation, but the threat of potential punishment looms if the Pelicans opt to bench Davis for an extended period of time.

Antonio Brown ‘likes’ tweets about Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault allegations

Ben Roethlisberger

Antonio Brown may have given a sign on Friday that he is open to smoothing things over with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his social media activity still says otherwise.

When Brown essentially abandoned the Steelers during the final week of the regular season, a report claimed he had an ugly altercation with Ben Roethlisberger before he left the team. If that wasn’t evidence enough that the relationship between Brown and Roethlisberger is strained, perhaps Brown “liking” two tweets about the sexual assault allegations against Big Ben will be.

It seems like Brown was just trying to point out that there is a double standard with how Steelers fans view players, but it says a lot that he called attention to the allegations against Roethlisberger. Though Roethlisberger has tried to downplay the issues between the two recently, he can’t be happy about that.

Brown has reportedly agreed to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, but it still seems unlikely that he will remain with the team in 2019. The tweet he sent earlier in the week was fairly straightforward, and subtly calling out Roethlisberger is just further evidence that he’s not on good terms with his teammates.

Report: Pelicans were ‘livid’ with Anthony Davis for leaving arena after injury

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis was spotted leaving the Smoothie King Arena on Thursday night after he suffered a shoulder injury in the team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that may have indirectly contributed to general manager Dell Demps losing his job.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Pelicans’ ownership group was “livid” over Davis walking out. They feel the situation with the star big man has gotten out of hand, and they want a new general manager who can take back control.

Interestingly enough, Wojnarowski added that Gayle Benson and the Pelicans’ owners have been pleased with the way head coach Alvin Gentry and his staff have handled the team in the wake of Davis’ public trade request.

Davis appeared to suffer the shoulder injury just before halftime while attempting to block a Nerlens Noel shot. The Pelicans quickly announced him as out for the remainder of the game. Davis also recently suffered a finger injury and wanted to play through it, and the Pelicans reportedly wanted to sit him but faced fines from the NBA if they went that route. Since he returned from the finger injury, Davis has not played his usual amount of minutes or been as effective.

It’s no surprise that the Pelicans are trying to make organizational changes, especially when you consider the way Gentry described the team’s current situation on Thursday.

Pelicans coach calls situation surrounding team a ‘dumpster fire’

Alvin Gentry

The New Orleans Pelicans are dealing with a messy situation, and their head coach understands that all too well.

New Orleans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-122 on Thursday night despite Anthony Davis getting injured just before halftime. Davis actually was seen leaving the arena before the game ended.

Head coach Alvin Gentry expressed his joy for the team after their win, acknowledging that the situation has been a “dumpster fire.”

He’s talking about Davis, who demanded a trade a week and a half before the deadline but did not get traded despite the widespread stories and rumors that ensued. On top of that, the Pelicans didn’t want to play Davis after he was medically cleared and almost got forced to by the league, according to reports.

It’s a tough situation, and it’s nice to see the Pelicans not quitting when they very understandably could.

Enes Kanter trolls Warriors in first post since joining Portland

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter has wasted no time fitting in with his new team.

Kanter posted on Twitter Thursday, a day after signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. His post included a photo of him with referee Ken Mauer, whom he called “King of Portland.”

What’s the significance of the post? Mauer is the referee who ejected Steve Kerr from Wednesday night’s game, which proved to be a huge turning point that helped the Blazers beat Golden State.

Kanter knows how to troll with the best of them. And how to endear himself to his new city.

Jacob deGrom not ruling out self-imposed innings limit without contract extension

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom is still seeking a long-term contract extension from the New York Mets heading into the season, and he is not ruling out taking steps to protect his future if he does not get it.

In one of the least surprising announcements of the offseason, Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced on Thursday that deGrom will be the team’s Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old later spoke with reporters and was asked if he would consider self-imposing an innings cap in 2019 without a long-term agreement. He did not rule it out.

deGrom has thrown more than 200 innings in each of the past two seasons, and he posted an ERA of 2.62 over that span. He went 10-9 with an incredible 1.70 ERA and took home the NL Cy Young Award. Obviously, the Mets need him to be available as much as possible if they hope to contend.

We probably wouldn’t know until late in the season if deGrom and his agents have decided to impose an innings cap, but he already made it clear last year how unhappy he is with his contract situation. deGrom is set to earn $17 million in 2019 after he landed a record arbitration raise, but he feels he has earned the right to sign a long-term deal. It’s hard to argue against that given his recent dominance.

Report: Nick Foles, Jaguars have mutual interest

Nick Foles

With the Denver Broncos having agreed to acquire Joe Flacco in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, there is now one less NFL team in search of a starting quarterback this season. That may not be the best news for Nick Foles, but the Super Bowl MVP still has options.

The most popular theory is that Foles will end up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are expected to move on from Blake Bortles in the near future. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, there is “mutual interest” between Foles and the Jags.

Foles was once again impressive filling in for an injured Carson Wentz, and he has earned the right to start somewhere. Jacksonville has seemingly been a solid quarterback away from championship contention for several years now, though their problems ran deeper than that during a 5-11 season last year.

If the Jaguars can get their defense back to where it was in 2017, Foles could be a perfect fit with them. While he doesn’t make many spectacular plays, he does a good job of protecting the football. Plus, it recently became clear how respected he was in the Eagles’ locker room. All of those traits should make him appealing to Tom Coughlin and Jacksonville’s front office.