Anthony Davis has been the media’s focus during the 2018-19 NBA season recently given the uncertainty of his future with the New Orleans Pelicans.
After Davis’ seventh season with the Pelicans, he will be eligible for a five-year, $240 million contract extension.
However, that may be the only reason he would commit to the Pelicans as they are struggling in the Western Conference. They are currently 15-18 with their most recent loss coming against LeBron James the Los Angeles Lakers.
After the 112-104 loss, Davis said he is more focused on creating a legacy rather than trying to get paid, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo Sports after posting game highs of 30 points and 20 rebounds to go with five assists in Friday’s loss. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about AD’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard. All that stuff matters the most to me. Don’t get me wrong, money is amazing. But I think in that sense, money or legacy, I think my legacy will win that battle every time.”
This is an interesting comment from Davis given the Lakers are reportedly one of the numerous teams vying for his services. The Boston Celtics are also another team who has reportedly been working on a trade for years.
James received some flack over his comments about how it would be ‘amazing’ to play with Davis but it is also a real possibility. The two players share the same agent and they reportedly had dinner together following the game.
It will be interesting to see if there is any real possibility of Davis playing for the Lakers as the Feb. trade deadline slowly approaches. If it materializes, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka will fulfill their goal of building a sustainable championship contender.