CHARLOTTE -- Anthony Davis intends to play in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, but a final decision has yet to be made.
"I'm not sure. That's the plan, but I'm not 100 percent sure yet," the New Orleans Pelicans big man told reporters Saturday when asked about his status for the game, where he's set to star for Team LeBron.
Davis left Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after reportedly suffering a shoulder contusion.
The six-time All-Star, whose public trade request earlier this month set the league ablaze, is averaging 28.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 1.6 steals this season. Davis missed the 2015 All-Star Game due to injury a year after being selected as an injury replacement for Kobe Bryant in 2014.
If Davis is forced to sit Sunday, one name bandied about this weekend as a potential replacement is Dallas Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic, who participated in Friday's Rising Stars game and will take part in Saturday night's Skills Challenge.
"Yeah, I heard," Doncic said Friday when asked if he's heard the rumors, before adding that he would "for sure" be interested in taking commissioner Adam Silver up on a potential offer to play in the weekend's main event. "That's why I couldn't sleep yesterday (night)," Doncic joked.
Doncic is averaging 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and a steal for Dallas. The 19-year-old Slovenian trails only Kyrie Irving and LaMarcus Aldridge in clutch field-goal percentage (50.0) among the 41 players with at least 40 clutch-time attempts.