The timing of Anthony Davis' trade requests had many scratching their heads. Instead of waiting for the summer, he revealed his intentions before the trade deadline.
Interestingly enough, that decision took Boston out of trade talks until the summer, giving other teams a head start to trade for him. He seems set on going to Los Angeles. But why not Boston?
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne may have part of the answer, and it relates to Anthony Davis' father.
"I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas," Anthony Davis Sr. told ESPN on Friday, referencing the former Celtics star point guard who was traded for Kyrie Irving amid his recovery from a hip injury. "No loyalty. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him."
He did clarify that these feelings were his own.
“This is just my opinion, not Anthony’s,” he said. “I’ve just seen things over the years with Boston, and there’s no loyalty.”
If you remember, they traded Thomas to Cleveland a few seasons ago for Kyrie Irving. And while Thomas showed the Celtics nothing but loyalty, it seems smart to trade for a guy that's significantly better than him. The NBA is a business, after all.
They are still feeling some of the consequences of that choice, however, and Anthony Davis' feelings about the team are one of them.