It was in late January that Anthony Davis officially requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans But according to a quote by the Lakers superstar himself, it was something he had been considering since last Christmas.
The Pelicans were not on the Christmas Day slate last year, but Davis remembers vividly that it was around that time when he seriously started contemplating a relocation.
“I think it was just the wins weren’t adding up, and it seemed like we weren’t making the playoffs," Davis told Yahoo Sports after posting 24 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. "Everyone around me and everyone who knows me knows that I want to win. And I didn’t feel like we were going to be able to do that last year. I want to be able to win. We got off to a great start. We were 4-0. Then guys got hurt and little things started to go south. But my mindset at the time was to keep trying to lead my team.”
The losses continued to pile up, and in early January, Davis knew he wanted to go to a more attractive situation. But the NBA wasn't turned upside down until he requested a trade on Jan. 28.
Anthony Davis wanted to win. And when it became clear that the Pelicans would spend another season in disarray, Davis knew it was time to play his hand somewhere else.
Of course, it took many more months before his dream scenario played out, but it was as early as Christmas Day that AD began having dreams of greener pastures in Los Angeles.
Comparatively, he seems to have made the right choice. The Pelicans, despite loading up on talent in the summer, and the West's second-worst team without Davis, holding a 9-23 record on the season. The Lakers, meanwhile, are atop the West standings with a 24-7 record. He has a supporting cast of capable role-players and a star teammate in LeBron James who ensures that Davis doesn't have to carry the load himself.
No doubt, the Lakers star big man has more than enough to be thankful for this holiday season.