Davis: ‘I’d take legacy over money;’ has postgame dinner with LeBron

Pelicans All-Star big man Anthony Davis has informed the franchise he is seeking a trade.

The NBA, like all professional sports, is considered a business.

But when it comes to Anthony Davis, he says it will not be finance which will the beacon which guides the rest of his career.

After he and his New Orleans Pelicans teammates dropped a 112-104 verdict to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center, Davis told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports “legacy” is what matters most to him.

“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis said. “I want to have a legacy.

“All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about AD’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard. All that stuff matters the most to me. Don’t get me wrong, money is amazing. But I think in that sense, money or legacy, I think my legacy will win that battle every time.”

Last season, Davis stressed it would “mean a lot” for him to win his first playoff series, which he and the Pelicans did in upsetting the Portland Trail Blazers in a four-game sweep.

“I just tried to go out every game and play to the best of my ability so I can help the team win,” Davis said in April. “Just trying to build a legacy in New Orleans, and let people know that we’re for real.”

Davis has been the most recent NBA player to have his name churning in the league’s rumor mill. He will become an unrestricted free agency in July 2020, though he will be eligible this July for a special five-year, $239 million supermax contract extension from the Pelicans, should they opt to offer it.

If New Orleans offers Davis a supermax pact and he were to decline it, it would all but force the franchise to open trade talks for its franchise player, even though Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Friday night, “we’re not trading him under any circumstances.”

Adding fuel to the fire surrounding Davis, whom LeBron James of the Lakers said it would be “amazing” and “incredible” for the Lakers to acquire, he and James had postgame dinner after the game Friday night, according to Haynes.

That came on the heels of a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN saying several general managers of small-market teams in the league are outraged by James’ comments regarding the Lakers potentially landing Davis.

While consistently saying that he would like to remain in New Orleans, Davis has refused to commit either way to answering whether he would accept a supermax contract from the Pelicans, should they offer one in July.

“When that time comes, of course we will see,” Davis said. “I love my teammates. I love New Orleans. I love the fans. I talk their slang. I love their food.”

Apparently, though, he also likes what James had to dish out after the game Friday night.