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Anthony Davis wished for New Orleans Pelicans to pursue Buddy Hield

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As soon as he laid his eyes on the Oklahoma star, Davis became a fan. Later, he gave his opinion to the front office regarding the team's sixth overall pick.

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Anthony Davis recently sat down for an interview with USA Today and revealed a number of his personal thoughts to journalist Nancy Armour. The topics ranged from Buddy Hield and the 2016 Draft to Terrence Jones to the role NBA athletes can play within their communities in light of all the tragic shootings across the country.

Davis wasn't present at the ESPY Awards last week, but he completely understood the reasoning behind the message by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

"We have a lot of power. There are a lot of people that look up to us, that listen to us. If we can have our voices heard by people who we can influence, it's huge for us."

This is a major reason why Davis continues to go back and make public appearances in Chicago. He believes players can exert a lot of positive influence in their hometowns.

When asked about Wade returning to his birthplace to play for the Bulls, however, Davis decided to not offer an opinion, claiming he doesn't like to get into the affairs of others. But, he did weigh in on the Pelicans recent decision to sign Terrence Jones.

"We're just looking for talent. We need guys who are going to come in and play hard for us. Go out there and compete every night. They've been looking at him; they think he can do so -- it's going to be interesting to see how he fits with us."

Davis is hopeful that both Jones and he can form a potent frontline again.

"He's very physical, can push the ball up the floor, great flasher, can drive to the basket. I don't think there are not a lot of bigs who can guard him. I think we complemented each other at Kentucky and hopefully we can do that here in New Orleans."

Davis was next asked about Buddy Hield, specifically about whether he had played with him or in the past.

"No. {AD chuckles} I didn't know who he was before this past season, but when I watched a lot of Oklahoma games, the first thing I said was, 'we've got to get him.' He's an exceptional player, he can score the ball."

Armour then asked, "Did you weigh in on the pick at all?"

Davis replied, "Yes, I did."

It's great to see the organization continues to keep Anthony Davis in the loop. With the recent departure of Kevin Durant, small market teams must strive to maintain the healthiest of relationships with their stars if they have any hope of retaining them for the duration of their careers.

At least it was nice to read again that Davis is still a huge fan of the Crescent City.

"I love New Orleans. Great city. The food is amazing, the people are amazing. The fan love is amazing. I love being here."

As far as the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio, Davis like the odds for the United States.

"We're going to be fine. Guys are going to go out there and compete. They know what U.S. basketball standards are -- winning the gold."

Davis ranks Olympic competition very high, stating that it's number one on his priority list. He is very fond of the Olympic and World Cup gold medals he earned during the last four years.