Los Angeles formally launched Anthony Davis as a member of its franchise Saturday as he made his first feedback as a Laker on a “history-shifting day.”
Launched by basic supervisor Rob Pelinka as “the most dominant young basketball player in the world,” Davis made three issues clear:
He is joyful he obtained traded. He is assured in regards to the Lakers’ title probabilities with all of the roster modifications. And he is excited to play with DeMarcus Cousins once more.
This is what we discovered from Davis’ first feedback as a Laker:
Davis is joyful he obtained traded
It was the most important query of the offseason: Will Davis stick with the Pelicans, or will New Orleans grant his commerce request? The Pelicans and Lakers had been engaged in negotiations earlier than the commerce deadline in February, however they didn’t agree on a deal.
Months later after the season ended, the Pelicans made it a precedence to maneuver Davis as they reached a take care of New Orleans. The Lakers acquired the six-time All-Star in trade for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and three first-round picks.
Davis defined the uncertainty of his future was the toughest a part of the commerce, but additionally revealed he is excited to be in Los Angeles with LeBron James.
“When it was announced that I was being traded, I wouldn’t say it was a sigh of relief, it was just something that I thought about for a long time,” Davis mentioned. “Obviously, it was tough for me to leave a city I’ve been playing for for seven years, but when I found out I was getting traded to the Lakers, I realized it was an unbelievable opportunity for me to be here.”
Davis went on to clarify how he discovered in regards to the commerce – via Instagram as a result of he missed his agent’s name.
“I was watching a movie and my agent called me,” Davis mentioned. “In the middle of a movie I don’t like to answer my phones and texts and then he called me again and so I kind of like hid it and then I was like wait, let me call him back. When I called him back, it went straight to voicemail. And so me being a 26-year-old I went straight to Instagram and that’s when I saw it.”
Davis is assured about Lakers’ roster
The Lakers wished to land one other star in free company to enrich James and Davis, in order that they focused Kawhi Leonard. However Leonard ended up signing with the Clippers, as an alternative, which resulted within the Lakers signing and re-signing a lot of gamers.
Davis expressed how excited he’s in regards to the gamers the Lakers added, whereas additionally sharing how a lot confidence he has in his new workforce.
“It’s going to be fun,” Davis mentioned. “I’m enthusiastic about it. I suppose the league has grown, I suppose it is higher. All of the gamers teaming up and sort of spreading that expertise all through the league – it should be a enjoyable season. I like our roster, I like each participant that now we have. From one via 14, and so I’m enthusiastic about it.
L.A. signed DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Inexperienced, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook dinner and Avery Bradley. Additionally they re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and JaVale McGee.
“I’ll put our roster up in opposition to anyone,” Davis added. “I really feel like in a seven-game sequence, we’ll come out victorious.”
Davis cannot wait to play alongside Cousins once more
The pair performed collectively for the Pelicans for a part of two seasons after Cousins was traded to New Orleans from Sacramento in 2017. Their run was lower brief when Cousins ruptured his Achilles halfway via the 2017-18 season and ultimately signed a small, 1-year take care of the Warriors that offseason.
And now they’ve a possibility to do all of it once more.
“I loved playing with Boogie,” Davis mentioned. “Obviously, we didn’t want it to end. … Now we have the opportunity to reunite in a great situation.”
Cousins revealed earlier this week the 2 had mentioned reuniting.
“Me and A have talked about it numerous times, about being teammates again,” Cousins mentioned. “We never wanted it to end but everything happens for a reason.”