Stunning NBA Lottery Swings Anthony Davis Sweepstakes in Pelicans' Favor

Jonathan Bachman/Getty ImagesThe last time the NBA team in New Orleans won the draft lottery, there was a feeling that things were finally going right for a franchise that was teetering on the brink of extinction in the Big Easy.

"Griff was never going to trade AD," a rival general manager told Bleacher Report on Tuesday night, referring to David Griffin, the Pelicans' new executive vice president of basketball operations.

One also confirmed a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Griffin spent the hours after the lottery scouring the league for players to pair with Davis, not seeking scenarios to trade him.

1 pick) will presumably be heading to New Orleans, does that change Davis' mind about the trade request that his agent, Paul, made in January?

With the city still devastated by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005—and beset by troubled owner George Shinn—the NBA took over the team in 2010.

There's a new sheriff in town, Griffin, who has built a championship team before and isn't interested in trading his most valuable asset just when things are beginning to look up.

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