With injuries piling up for the New Orleans Pelicans and just 14 games remaining for a team out of playoff position, star forward Anthony Davis will wait until next season to get back on the court, the team announced on Sunday.
“We’re going to shut him down. He’s done for the year,” head coach Alvin Gentry said. “It’s unfortunate, but he’s got an issue with his shoulder that he’s played with the whole season. It’s amazing when people talk about him being soft or whatever; they don’t understand that he’s played through a situation with his shoulder the entire season.”
The All-Star will undergo two surgeries, one on his left knee and one to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, according to Fox Sports’ Jennifer Hale.
Davis, who was named to his third All-Star team earlier this season, has been the bright spot for a Pelicans team that has struggled with injuries and consistent play. He has averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 61 games this season.