When the Lakers failed their pursuit of Anthony Davis at the trade deadline, nobody thought they would be able to close the deal months later. The Pelicans and the rest of the NBA for that matter were too caught up in an anti-Laker narrative to work out a deal that would be best for both sides.
Then David Griffin came along and changed all of that, essentially using his power and basketball knowledge to complete the deal that sent AD to the Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a slew of future picks.
And since being dealt, Anthony Davis has been eerily quiet as the league makes sense of the trade.
Davis finally broke the silence in a piece by the L.A. Times, where he talked about the new direction of his young career.
“The weather is amazing. The city fits me,” Davis told The Times in his first interview since being traded. “It’s more slow motion, and that’s kind of how I am. … I live out here in the summers. L.A. is one of my favorite cities. I love to live here.”
In regards to LeBron? AD seems excited about the idea of playing with him.
“I always looked up to him. As a kid, [James] and Michael Jordan were the two guys I [admired]. I didn’t get a chance to watch Michael Jordan live, but I watched LeBron a lot after he entered the league and he was the guy that I looked up to.”
And, finally, he discussed legacy, and why he ultimately made the move from NOLA to L.A.
“Money comes and goes; your legacy is forever,” Davis said. “I think how you establish yourself in the NBA and what you do on and off the court is something that people will remember forever. Obviously, our money is public and people know what we make, but at the end of the day no one cares about how much money you make.
“Anthony Davis is not going to be a great basketball player because of the amount of money he makes, it’s going to be about what he achieved on the court and also off the court. That’s all part of my legacy, and I think that’s way more valuable than any monetary value.”
Davis will be wearing no.23 for the Lakeshow, a number previously given as a gift from his new teammate LeBron.
For now, Davis will be helping LeBron recruit talent to fill out their roster. With $32 million left to spend this summer, they will either be signing a player for the max or will be splitting up that total to acquire role-players and sharpshooters.
Anything is possible at this point, as Davis ushers in a new era for the Lakers.