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All-Star power forward Anthony Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans in January and made it clear he preferred the Los Angeles Lakers as his next destination.
Davis’ wish was eventually granted, but that doesn’t mean he’ll commit to the Lakers for the long term. At least, not yet.
“I’m just focused on this season,” he said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Davis is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Prior to the trade sending Davis to the Lakers, agent Rich Paul insisted Davis is going to keep all options open in the summer of 2020.
Davis echoed those sentiments.
“I have one year (in LA), so I’m going make the best of this year,” Davis told Nichols. “And when that time comes around in the summer or, you know, whenever the season’s over — hopefully, around, you know, mid-June, after we just had a parade, and I need a couple days to think — then we can talk about that.
“But until then, I’m trying to do whatever I can to help this team win this year.”
The Lakers have failed to make the playoffs for a franchise-record six straight seasons. But Davis and fellow star LeBron James are expected to change all that.
Along with Davis, LA added veterans DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green and Avery Bradley in free agency, and re-signed key players such as Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Also back is dynamic scorer Kyle Kuzma, suddenly the lone man standing from last season’s young nucleus.
Will all of it be enough to keep Davis in town?
We’ll see. And those sentiments come from no less than Davis himself.