LaVar Ball says LA doesn’t need Anthony Davis
New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis has heard his name tossed about in several trade scenarios as of late. Quite a few teams are said to be interested in his services — if he becomes available, including the Los Angeles Lakers. There is no doubt he would be a fine addition to Los Angeles’ rotation, but Lavar Ball says the team doesn’t need him.
“LeBron (James)went out to dinner with Anthony last night,” a reporter said to Ball as he made his way through an airport over the weekend. “Should anybody be concerned about that?
“You need to go interview LeBron,” LaVar replied.
“Do you think it would be cool if the Lakers did get Anthony Davis somehow?” the reporter asked.
“No,” Ball calmly replied. “They’ve got enough people.”
“Would you like to see Lonzo play with Anthony Davis sometime?” the reporter asked in closing, referring to LaVar’s son who plays for the Lakers.
“I don’t care who Lonzo plays with,” LaVar said. “Only person I wanna see him playing with is his brothers. It’s gonna happen.”
Davis, now 25 years of age, has established himself as one of the best big men in today’s NBA. The former University of Kentucky standout has made 30 appearances with the Pelicans this season (all starts), racking up averages of 28.0 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field (32.6 percent from beyond the arc), 12.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.7 steals in 36.9 minutes per outing.
The Pelicans can offer Davis the largest contract in NBA history (north of $240 million over five years) in July of 2019. However, he has previously stated that money would not be the determining factor in his decision.
“I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about AD’s legacy,” Davis recently told Yahoo! Sports. “Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard. All that stuff matters the most to me. Don’t get me wrong, money is amazing. But I think in that sense, money or legacy, I think my legacy will win that battle every time.”
The idea of Davis joining forces with James and Lonzo in Los Angeles is certainly intriguing, but will the Lakers be able to land such a talented player?