Sadly for some NBA stars the franchise they play for don’t seem to learn from the mistakes of the past. When Kevin Garnett was with the Minnesota Timberwolves they failed over and over again to get him good enough pieces for them to seriously contend for a title. They wasted his prime so that he left for Boston when the opportunity arose.
The same happened with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, twice. The Cavs thought that just having James was enough, so LeBron left for Miami in 2010. Then when LeBron returned and won Cleveland the title in 2016 the Cavs failed again to keep the roster good enough and the LeBron left for Los Angeles in 2018.
The same thing looks to be happening in New Orleans with Anthony Davis. Despite Davis averaging 28 points and 12.4 rebounds with 2.8 blocks the Pelicans are 15-16 and don’t appear like they can improve. New Orleans is a very small market and they keep losing their good players like DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. Davis is just about to enter his prime and he simply too good not to be reaching the Playoffs every season.
Davis is a serial winner. He won in High School and dominated at Kentucky winning every Player of the Year award and the National Championship. He wants to win and with the Pelicans that won’t happen.
He needs to move.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the only reason to stay with New Orleans is the 5 year/$235 million deal they will offer him this summer. Zach Lowe said in response “if you asked me now, I would predict he turns it down.”
Davis will likely ask for a trade either this January on next summer and so far the LA Lakers are the favorites to land him. They have LeBron, the biggest market in basketball and lots of young talent the Pelicans could want in return. This move gives Davis the contending team he wants, the market his brand warrants and the keys to one of the biggest sports teams in the world when LeBron retires. Davis will be 2nd fiddle when LeBron is there, but LeBron is 9 years older than AD. In 3-4 years time Davis will be right in his prime and the Laker’s main star.
This move makes perfect sense and I hope for both parties it happens sooner rather than later.