Anthony Davis had started to sense his time with the New Orleans Pelicans was fizzling. Like other superstars in today's NBA, he took control of the situation himself by asking to be traded. For Davis, he specifically wanted to join the Los Angeles Lakers to team up with LeBron James. Davis got his wish, and the rest is history.
Here's a timeline of Anthony Davis requesting the trade from the Pelicans to the Lakers.
Anthony Davis Trade Timeline
November 23, 2018: ESPN NBA insider predicts Anthony Davis trade.
December 20, 2018: Jrue Holiday blocking out all Davis trade noise.
January 28, 2019: Alvin Gentry not concerned with Anthony Davis trade speculation.
January 28, 2019: Pelicans release statement on Davis trade request.
January 29, 2019: 5 teams competing with the Lakers in the Davis trade sweepstakes.
January 30, 2019: Lonzo Ball prefers Knicks or Bulls in Anthony Davis trade scenarios.
January 30, 2019: Davis trade speculation taking its toll on young players in LA.
January 30, 2019: Boston told Pelicans to wait until the summer for Anthony Davis trade.
January 30, 2019: Colin Cowherd has a warning to Los Angeles on Anthony Davis trade. Cowherd cautions the Lakers to not trade its young players.
January 31, 2019: Kobe Bryant's thoughts on Davis trade request. “Players should definitely have the opportunity to speak up and control their own fate. It’s just the way it should be, it’s fair.” – Kobe
February 4, 2019: Lakers willing to take on Solomon Hill in Davis trade offer.
February 4, 2019: Solomon Hill replaced in starting lineup amid trade speculation.
February 5, 2019: Kyrie Irving upset hearing his name involved in Anthony Davis rumors. “He gets frustrated when he feels people are trying to manipulate him.” – ex-teammate.
February 5, 2019: Boston refusing to dangle Jayson Tatum in Davis trade talks.
February 9, 2019: Pelicans believe Jayson Tatum will be on the table in trade talks.
February 10, 2019: Magic Johnson says Pelicans didn't approach trade talks in good faith. “We knew that basically at the end of the day what happened happened.” – Magic Johnson.
February 15, 2019: Pelicans didn't appreciate that Davis trade request was publicized.
February 25, 2019: Jalen Rose says Davis trade rumors tore locker room apart. “We talked about this since Christmas…it tore the Lakers’ locker room apart.” – Jalen Rose.
March 2, 2019: Jeanie Buss responds to Anthony Davis trade rumors.
March 12, 2019: Jayson Tatum insists he wasn't bothered by trade talks. “I’ll play for whoever wants me, and that organization.” – Jayson Tatum
April 13, 2019: Rob Pelinka was cut out of Davis trade talks between Lakers and Pelicans. Pelicans preferred to deal with Magic Johnson instead.
April 16, 2019: Lonzo Ball believes trade rumors led to L.A's downfall.
May 20, 2019: Magic Johnson blames from Pelicans GM Dell Demps for leaking Anthony Davis trade talks. “I told Dell Demps let's do this trade in private; what we offer, let's keep it between us. Well, Dell did not do that. That's how it got out.” – Magic Johnson.
June 8 2019: Rajon Rondo explains the impact the Davis trade talks had on the Lakers. “Every guy on our team, LeBron was their favorite player growing up. It’s like you’re playing with MJ, and then you get there, and it’s like your mom and dad, or the person that you looked up to and idolized, doesn’t want you.” – Rajon Rondo.
June 12 2019: Lakers don't want to include Kyle Kuzma in trade talks.
June 13 2019: Kyle Kuzma will not be dealbreaker in Anthony Davis trade. “I don't think Kuzma is a dealbreaker. It's more the total weight of the number of assets.” – Ramona Shelburne.
June 15 2019: Magic Johnson's reaction to Anthony Davis trade.
June 15 2019: NBA players react to Anthony Davis trade.
June 15 2019: LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade. “AD on da way!! Let’s get it bro! Just the beginning.” – LeBron James.
June 16 2019: The picks the Lakers are sending the Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade.
June 16 2019: Kyle Kuzma's tribute to Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart after Anthony Davis trade.
June 16 2019: Pelicans are willing to delay Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers.
June 16 2019: David Griffin made all the difference in the Pelicans – Lakers trade.
June 17 2019: Rockets tried to nudge their way into Davis sweepstakes, ultimately coming up short.
June 18 2019: Battle for LA podcast discusses Davis trade and the impact it has on Lakers and Clippers.
June 19 2019: Magic Johnson's influence on getting Davis to L.A.
July 6 2019: Kawhi Leonard had the Lakers delay the Anthony Davis trade only to not sign with them anyways.
July 12, 2019: Rob Pelinka says delaying the trade was never an option.
July 16, 2019: David Griffin has high praise for how Rob Pelinka handled trade talks. “The conversations were fair and direct and very honest.” – David Griffin.
August 2, 2019: Kyle Kuzma is locked in to prove Lakers made right choice by not including him in the trade.
September 27, 2019: LeBron was ecstatic when the trade news broke. “I do not remember exactly what i was doing, but I can tell you that I was ecstatic. Very excited.” – LeBron.
October 8, 2019: Rob Pelinka had his doubts a trade would actually get done even on the day it was agreed upon.
November 27, 2019: Davis trade becoming a rare win-win for both the Pelicans and the Lakers.
September 29, 2020: Jeanie Buss reflects on the Davis trade and more. “…when you have somebody like LeBron James, and where he is in his career, you’ve got to go all in.” – Jeanie Buss.