LeBron James caused chaos by saying he wanted to play with Anthony Davis. The timing of Davis’ trade request was a thinly veiled attempt to get to the Lakers. Once the Lakers and Pelicans began talks, Los Angeles clearly negotiated through the media. Then, Lakers president Magic Johnson said New Orleans didn’t act in good faith.
Think the Pelicans resent all that?
They still have Davis and will look to trade him this summer. He’ll become a free agent in 2020, but they control where he’ll spend next season.
Marc J. Spears on ESPN, filming in Los Angeles:
I have been told that there’s no way Anthony Davis is coming here, through the Pelicans.
They’re just not going to do it.
Michael Wilbon confirmed he heard the same.
Maybe the Pelicans really believe they’ll keep Davis from Los Angeles no matter what. And maybe they’ll be that stubborn.