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Davis told to reject Lakers 

Anthony Davis should stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to NBA and Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen.

The power forward has been linked with the Los Angeles Lakers among other teams with his future reportedly dependent on the Pelicans’ success, although he remains under contract for two more years in New Orleans.

But rather than move elsewhere, Pippen thinks five-time All-Star Davis has what it takes to turn the Pelicans into a championship contender because of the lure of playing alongside him.

Pippen told The Jump on ESPN: “He’s definitely come into his own. He’s definitely an MVP candidate and he’s a guy who should be talked about as, ‘Is he the best player in the game?’ 

“He’s a tough guard night in, night out. We talk about LeBron, we talk about James Harden but this kid is one of the toughest guards in the game today. 

“He is tough to match up with, he shoots a three ball, he’s 6ft 11, he can handle the ball from a point guard position. 

“But does his team have enough? No, it’s tough out West. Houston, the Lakers are now coming on and Golden State are head and shoulders above them. It’s tough for him to win on the West. 

“He is a special player like the LeBrons, the KDs [of the world]. He can beat you by himself. But he’s not going to be able to do it with his competition. 

“I love this kid and his talent. I believe he should stay in New Orleans, I think he can force other talented players to come join him.”

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