The 2018-2019 NBA season has been filled with drama and one of the biggest storylines is Anthony Davis‘ future with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Even though Davis is under contract for the 2019-2020 season, some have begun to wonder whether or not he will demand a trade given the team’s struggles. The Pelicans currently own a 15-17 record and are on the outside looking in at the Western Conference playoffs.
LeBron James was asked ahead of their matchup about possibly acquiring Davis and he described it as ‘amazing’ and ‘incredible.’ The two would surely form a formidable pair and would possibly be championship favorites.
However, Davis seemed indifferent when he heard James’ comments, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN:
“I don’t really care,” Davis told ESPN of James’ comments Wednesday night after the Pelicans’ 123-115 loss to the Bucks. “Obviously, it’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me. But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15-17, that means I’m not doing my job.”
The 25-year-old has yet to publicly demand a trade and has always been committed to playing for the Pelicans. However, another subpar finish to the season could finally push him to look elsewhere given he is nearing his prime and has yet to experience much team success.
Besides the Lakers, the Boston Celtics have also reportedly been preparing to trade for Davis given their treasure trove of assets. If Los Angeles does not act in the offseason, Boston could conceivably offer a deal that would be hard for New Orleans to pass up if Davis does indeed try to force his way out.
For now, however, the purple and gold need to worry about the current season at hand. Hopefully, they can break their slump when Davis and the Pelicans visit Staples Center.