If Anthony Davis (finger) is not traded at the deadline, the Pelicans may consider shutting him down for the rest of the season, per sources of Marc Stein of the New York Times.
To be clear, nothing is definitive here, but this is a conversation that is being discussed amongst the New Orleans' brass. Because the Celtics can't get into the mix until this summer, the Pelicans may hold off on dealing Davis, although they could also use whatever Boston may be offering as leverage in another deal. With a record of 23-29 the Pelicans sit five games out of the No. 8 spot out West, but if a postseason spot becomes unrealistic, and AD stays in New Orleans past the deadline, it's certainly plausible that the Pels could shut down Davis in order to preserve their most valuable trade asset.