The Los Angeles Lakers are doing everything they can in an effort to bring Anthony Davis to LA in time for the postseason. With Davis having made his trade demands public earlier this week through his agent, Rich Paul, some around the NBA feel this is shady business aimed at stealing big players from small markets.
There is a lot of truth to what Chuck is saying. It feels like Anthony Davis and Rich Paul had this in mind from the moment AD signed with Klutch Sports.
By demanding a trade and making it known the Lakers are the top spot on his wish list, Davis is effectively handcuffing the Pelicans as best he can into moving him to LA.
Anthony Davis' plan is to to treat any trade destination as a one-year stop, unless it's the Lakers, sources tell @wojespn and @ZachLowe_NBA. He would plan to move to the Lakers as a free agent in 2020. pic.twitter.com/J5op3BI9GV— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2019
Is it fair to do so? It might not feel right, but Davis was already fined $50,000 by the NBA so there is little else that can be done. The Pelicans have the right to hold onto Davis until more suitors come by, if any.
But without an assurance from the disgruntled forward that he will sign long term, it's highly unlikely that somebody is really going to pay out of pocket for AD other than the Los Angeles Lakers.