The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thursday they will shut down forward Anthony Davis and guard Eric Gordon for the rest of this season for both to recover from numerous ailments.
Gordon had already been due to sit the rest of the season with a left knee injury while Davis has missed 11 games this season and the last few with back spasms. He will miss the team’s final four games.
The season has really not gone to plan for New Orleans, who made big moves last summer signing Tyreke Evans to a lucrative contract and trading for Jrue Holiday.
Davis has come on leaps and bounds this season from his injury-riddled and inconsistent rookie season.
He looked like a competent NBA big man in patches during that season, but this season he has established himself as the best young player in the league today.
If Kevin Durant and LeBron James are both un-tradeable, Anthony Davis is possibly the only other player in the league with such a reputation given his unique skills, age and contract.