Anthony Davis monitored by Celtics, Lakers, Warriors, Clippers, Knicks
Anthony Davis decided to switch agents ahead of a pivotal season with the New Orleans Pelicans, and many teams are on the lookout for his services. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and the L.A. Clippers will closely monitor his free agency situation, alongside the Los Angeles Lakers, who are expected to aggressively pursue a superstar partner for their prized signing LeBron James.
Davis has been entirely committed to the Pelicans organization in private and in comments to the media, but the recent history of the league suggests players coming into their prime will look to make use of it and make it materialize into hardware.
His move to Klutch Sports opened the floodgates to a potential link-up with LeBron James, given that the agency is run by the latter’s longtime friend and agent Rich Paul — something The Brow expected.
“Oh, yeah. Of course. Any time you do anything like that [the noise is coming],” Davis said. “‘He represents LeBron, so A.D. is going there,’ and all of that. I knew it was coming. That’s why it took me a while to do it, because I had to get mentally prepared for it. I knew it was coming.”
The organization has also prepared to do whatever it takes to keep him, even if it means putting blinders on for a recent subpar performance against the Warriors on Wednesday.
Anthony Davis was masterfully shut down by Draymond Green through the first three quarters before he picked up the pace in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 17 points in the game. Reporters suggested Green was able to effectively bother the Pelicans star, only to get an uncomfortable Gentry bite back.
“If you want to go look at the playoffs that he had against him, see what he averaged there,” an agitated Gentry sharply replied about a series in which Davis averaged 27.8 points and 14.8 rebounds. “Draymond’s a great player. Draymond’s a great defender and a great player, and he’s great for his team. I like my guy, and I think he’s pretty damn good. OK? …I think he’s done pretty good against him.”
The Pelicans will have to do this for an entire season if they hope to hold onto to Davis, but all the pleasantries and support might not be enough unless it starts reflecting on the win column and eventually, in the playoffs. The Celtics, Lakers, Warriors, Clippers and Knicks all have their own unique things to offer Davis, so New Orleans has a tough task ahead of them.