NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry plans to build a winner in New Orleans, and after star player Anthony Davis agreed to his long-term extension earlier this month, the Pels have a championship-caliber foundation.
Davis will play for the Pelicans through at least the 2019-2020 season, making approximately $145 million during his new five-year extension. AD was an MVP candidate last season and All-Star game starter. He can continue to improve, and he said Monday that's he's happy with his choice to stay put and grow in the Big Easy.
"I love living here in New Orleans and playing for the city," Davis said. "Love the city. I just feel comfortable. I like the team and the direction we are heading in. I like the guys that are playing by my side. I feel very comfortable here. I have a lot of trust in our organization and what they are doing. I know they are trying to do their best to put us in a situation to win. So, I thought that was the biggest thing for me, and I decided I wanted to stay here."
Davis will enter his fourth season in New Orleans, coming off a second straight All-Star campaign. He helped the Pelicans reach the playoffs, ending a 4-year drought for the franchise, while quickly becoming one of the game's best talents. Nearly the entire roster from last year is returning, and Davis also said that his new coach Alvin Gentry's up tempo style has his teammates believing they can become a title contender.
"You know I definitely love his playing style," Davis said. "When he was in Phoenix and had Steve Nash and Amare, the way he was a big part of Golden State, a big part of the Clippers, so he's a great coach. He's proven that he can coach players, and from what I've heard, everybody likes him, everybody loves him, he's going to help us out. It's all about the organization, I trust the organization what they're trying to do. My teammates have a lot of confidence in Coach Gentry, and I think that's why everybody is coming back."