This All-Star weekend is filled with great events highlighted by generational talent. Whether it’s Dirk Nowitzki coaching Luka Doncic on Team World or Dwayne Wade playing his final All-Star game alongside LeBron James, this year has been considered one of the most hyped up All-Star weekends of all time. Despite all the positive headlines surrounding All-Star weekend it couldn’t escape the Anthony Davis trade saga. During his All-Star media day news conference, Davis was addressing the media and being very blunt and candid about the trade rumors surrounding him.
Davis was never really asked anything regarding All-Star weekend. Davis was mainly asked questions regarding trade destinations as well as the recent firing of Pelicans GM Dell Demps. When asked about where he wants to play, Davis stated “Market size doesn’t matter to me. Big market, small market. It doesn’t matter. My focus is on winning at this point in my career. And wherever that may be, it could be a big market or small market, I just want to win.” So it seems that Anthony Davis simply doesn’t want to play in the smallest market in basketball, New Orleans. How the fans in New Orleans have impacted his psyche, he addressed it by stating that “For me, I was in that community, going out there every day and trying to help my team win, night in and night out, playing through injuries, having fun with my teammates, and so I think they’ll remember a guy who wanted to go out there and win and play for the team, play for the organization.” It’ll take a long time to see whether Pelicans fans will remember him favorably or not.
Additionally, Davis put the NBA on notice when he said that Boston was a trade destination of his. It makes NBA fans wonder how seriously Davis’s quotes should be taken. On the one hand, he has been adamant on playing for a championship contender. However, none of the top teams on Davis’s list have been in small markets. Playing in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles have been Davis’s top priority. How realistic is it that Davis would be content playing for Orlando or Utah? Although a team like Utah is better suited to win a championship now, it would be baffling to imagine Davis wanting to be in that small market.
Overall, it’s more of the waiting game with Anthony Davis. No matter what’s going on in sports for the next few months, the Anthony Davis saga will dominate headlines and loom large on the sports world.