Magic Johnson recently shocked everybody - including his own team - when he decided it was time to leave the Los Angeles Lakers presidency, increasing the bad moment of the Purple and Gold after a disappointing season. However, this doesn’t stop players to see the Lakers as a very attractive place to play and Pelicans’ big man Anthony Davis serves as a proof of that.
In the past, Davis has stated his desire to go play for the Californian franchise, even though he has also said there are other 28 teams in his list. Many fans would have thought that Magic’s departure from Staples Center would change something in Davis’ mind but that didn’t happen; when asked if anything happened after Magic left the Lakers, Davis said “No”, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell.
He later added that they were "A great organization. Just like 29 other organizations. I have nothing to do with that."
Now there are many options for the Brow, who can be landing in any team of the league except the Pelicans. However, his willingness to play for those teams doesn’t mean he will go to sign a multi-year deal with all of them. At this point, the biggest favorites to deal him are the Lakers and Celtics, with the first ones having an advantage over Boston since it’s not a secret AD is keen to sign with the Californians.
Plus, with his statements, he is letting the Lakers know that the interest of joining the team is still there and it could happen through a trade this offseason. Davis is still represented by Klutch Sports, the same agency who represents LeBron James. He also has participated on James' HBO show, The Shop, and, if that wasn’t enough hints of his wishes, he even wore a shirt to his final home game with the New Orleans Pelicans that read "that's all folks”.
This can be seen not only as a sign that he might be part of James' upcoming Space Jam 2, but as his goodbye of New Orleans and his future landing in Los Angeles to play with LeBron again, but this time with his Lakers. As for the Celtics, they have to wait to see how good they will fare this playoff and see if Kyrie Irving will re-sign with them or not before making a move for AD’s services.