Lakers’ Anthony Davis won’t wear No.23 this 2019-20 season due to production, financial issues
LeBron James announced earlier this month that he will be gifting No.23 to Davis, who was acquired by the Lakers this offseason. LeBron then said that he plans to use No.6, the jersey number he used during his time with the Miami Heat.
However, due to the production deadline and financial issues, the Lakers cannot change LeBron and Davis’ number. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the changing of numbers will have to be postponed for a year.
Due to production issues and the massive financial hit Nike would have absorbed from the No. 23 James inventory that’s already been produced, Nike could not accommodate the request for this season, sources said.
Out of consideration for fans who already purchased James’ jersey and to avoid distractions for a team competing for a championship, the Lakers star will bypass seeking the number change for this season.
Los Angeles acquired Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans days before the 2019 NBA Draft. The Purple and Gold sent Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and multiple first-round picks to execute the trade. Davis will be a free agent again next summer, although the belief at the moment is he’ll re-sign with the Staples Center franchise.
Davis is represented by Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, who also manages LeBron.