Pelicans confirm Davis will sit until after deadline

Although the New Orleans Pelicans have listed Anthony Davis as questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Chicago Bulls, head coach Alvin Gentry has no plans of playing his All-Star

center ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

"He is (available), but we're not going to play him until after the trading deadline," Gentry said, according to ESPN's Michael C. Wright. "I think everybody can understand that."

Davis reportedly requested a trade last week and has listed the Los Angeles Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and New York Knicks as his preferred destinations.

The 25-year-old was medically cleared to play on Monday after missing seven games with a finger sprain. He reportedly wanted to suit up against the Indiana Pacers but was denied by the front office as they continue to search for trade options.

Despite the trade request, Davis joined the Pelicans at shootaround in Chicago on Wednesday.

"Obviously, it's on everyone's mind," Gentry said. "But we just try to put it on the back burner and focus on the task at hand. I think everything kind of clears up (after Davis is traded), at least for a while. And you can go back to I guess whatever our new normal is going to be.

"It's just part of it. It's part of the business, and you just deal with it like you would anything else."