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July 17, 2019, 8:50 amAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Anthony Davis said that, even after his trade request was granted, that doesn’t mean he’ll commit to the Lakers for the long term.
“I’m just focused on this season,” said AD. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, I have one year in LA so I’m going make the best out of it.” Davis is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and his agent Rich Paul insisted that his client is going to keep all options open in the summer of 2020. This is obviously a chapter taken out of the LeBron James playbook as AD is simply trying to put more pressure to the Lakers organization in order to surround the team with elite talent. He is poised for a monster fantasy year regardless.
July 15, 2019, 2:08 amAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis has decided not to participate in Team USA training camp and has withdrawn from FIBA World Cup consideration.
Davis has chosen to spend his offseason preparing for what he hopes is a championship run with the Lakers this season. AD is still a go for the 2020 Olympics and he'll be at training camp to support his teammates, but he won't be on the court with them. At least he's well-versed in that move from his days with the Pelicans.
Source: Yahoo Sports
July 6, 2019, 11:06 pmAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have officially announced the trade for Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.
The Lakers are offiicially sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the draft rights to De'Andre Hunter, two first-round picks, a first-round pick swap and cash to the Pelicans. They also send Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and Moritz Wagner to the Wizards, as well as a future second-round pick. In return, the Wizards send cash considerations to the Pelicans. That's a lot of pieces for AD. That said, from a fantasy standpoint, he's worth it. AD should easily be a top-3 fantasy producer in 2019-20 with his eyes firmly set on an NBA title.
Source: Tania Ganguli on Twitter
June 27, 2019, 2:49 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo! Sports, LeBron James is giving up his number 23 jersey number to Anthony Davis for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
LeBron and AD are on the same page in their pursuit of a championship in LaLa Land. For all the ugliness that was reported on the franchise and both players since the initial deadline deal fell through, we're starting to see the seas part and the master plan forming. In a few days, we will find out who will be joining James and Davis in Los Angeles.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
June 27, 2019, 2:38 pmAnthony DavisPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Lakers' newly acquired superstar big man Anthony Davis is waiving his $4 million trade kicker.
The Lakers unloaded three more players to give themselves max cap space, and this news adds even more help to the financial books. The Lakers can go in any number of directions with their roster, as the only players guaranteed to be on it next season are Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James and AD. One thing seems certain though, that everyone seems to be on the same page in pursuit of a championship.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 7:05 pmAnthony DavisF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
The Anthony Davis blockbuster trade will be completed on July 6th.
The timing of the trade was important for the Pelicans as we saw them trade the No. 4 pick they received from the Lakers earlier tonight. The Lakers will end up with $23.7M or $27.7M depending on if Davis waives his trade kicker. It would be surprising to see a player give up $4M but stranger things have happened in this league.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 8:13 pmAnthony DavisF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers are trying to expand the Anthony Davis trade to open up a max salary slot on July 6, by offering up Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to additional teams.
The Lakers got their guy in AD, but they also want more wiggle room for another max guy and role players to fill out their roster. It seems that the team will do whatever it takes to get that third max player spot, aside from moving Kyle Kuzma. It seems very likely that another team will join in on the deal.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 18, 2019, 2:14 pmAnthony DavisF/C, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Ramona Shelburne on ESPN, Anthony Davis intends to keep the $4 million he is due as a trade bonus, but things can always change.
While it is Davis' money and it is hard for anyone to tell another person to decline what is theirs, receiving the trade bonus would make the team's life much harder in free agency. With that said, Davis can make more money in endorsements and outside his NBA salary now that he is in LaLa Land with LeBron James. We'll see what happens, but conventional wisdom would say that AD will give his team more flexibility to provide himself with a better chance at a ring.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on ESPN
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