Anthony Davis Makes Bold Lakers Trade Claim As He Talks Pelicans Future

The Los Angeles Lakers did their best to trade for Anthony Davis. They even offered most of their young players, but the New Orleans Pelicans didn’t take the offer. New Orleans wanted more, and Magic Johnson said ‘no,’ and stepped back from the process.

So, now we have Anthony Davis saying that he doesn’t regret telling his current team that he wants to go somewhere else, despite his desire to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis said he doesn’t know what will happen in near future, and even hinted that he may stay with the team.

The star told the team that he wants to leave right before the February trade deadline. He had a list of potential suitors. The Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and LA Clippers were part of his list.

When asked about his next move, Davis said he may wait for another year.

“I’m under contract still,” he said at the post-game press conference. “I have a year left. Obviously it’s a possibility it could happen [staying in New Orleans]. I don’t have ill will towards anybody. I know that it’s a possibility that next year I could be here as well, so I can’t be mad if I’m here next year.”

Davis is far from happy with the speculation regarding his trade request.

“I think in everything you do, there’s always something to learn,” he continued. “I haven’t really sat back and thought about any of that yet. But it’s something that I’ll go back and look at and reflect on.”

ESPN’s Bobby Marks explained that trading for Davis would cut deeply into the Lakers’ cap space in the search for free agent All-Star.

“Because the Lakers are using cap space as a buffer, their room would be reduced from $36 million to $21 million,” Marks wrote. “Despite the eliminated max slot, the Lakers roster would consist of James, Davis, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and $27 million in room to build out the roster in free agency. That cap space would only increase to $30 million if James and Davis are all that’s left on the team.”

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