New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis reassured the team's fans he doesn't plan on trying to engineer his exit from New Orleans before his contract expires after the 2020-21 season, but he didn't rule out the possibility of leaving in free agency. "I’m here until 2021, and then I'll make a decision from there," Davis said Thursday, per the Advocate's Scott Kushner. "I don't plan on leaving in the next couple of years or anything like that. I've always said I wanted to be here, and that's still true." Davis did speak positively about the Pelicans' overall direction, per Kushner: "I think our front office is doing a better job. The best job they can do. I feel like we're moving in the right direction. But you do have to take it year by year and see how it goes. That's how I'm approaching it. Of course [center DeMarcus Cousins] is a big factor, what he is going to do or not." To some extent, it's ridiculous that Davis has to give any assurances over his future considering he's still another three full years away from free agency. But the Pelicans are unquestionably working against a ticking clock.