Steve Kerr is not a fan of players publicly asking for trades
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has never been afraid to say what’s on his mind. As the 2018-19 NBA regular season winds down and the playoffs approach with multiple teams taking aim at the Warriors as they look for their fourth NBA title in the past five seasons, Kerr spoke on the concept of players publicly asking for trades, via Dane Moore of Zone Coverage:
“Yeah, I’m not a fan of guys asking for trades publicly. I think there’s a way to do it privately. It’s hard to keep anything in-house these days, but I think there’s a way to do it. I have no problem with players exercising their freedom and playing where they wanna play and even trying to force their way into a situation. I’m alright with that as long as it’s done the proper way.”
This year has seen two prominent stars — Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis — attempt to force their way out of organizations they no longer wanted to be apart of, with the former being successful, while the latter toils on the same squad.
Butler was public about his desire to leave Minnesota since before the year started and even played 10 games for the franchise prior to being dealt back in November. Davis has been open about wanting out of New Orleans since prior to the All-Star break, but with the organization opting not to deal him prior to the Trade Deadline, has left both their All-Star forward and the roster in flux.