If you’re a Lakers fan who thought you had heard the last of Anthony Davis after the trade deadline (at least until the end of the season), well, think again. Dwightmare 2.0 rolls on, whether you like it or not.
Davis is still in New Orleans, apparently still wants to play and is willing to make life as difficult as possible on everyone inside and outside of that city in the last couple months of his time there. He also reportedly especially wants to make things awkward in Boston, even if he denied that during All-Star Weekend.
According to Shams Charania of Stadium, Davis still isn’t interesting in playing for the Celtics long-term (which we knew). There is some new information to take into account now, though:
“Anthony Davis has to be open-minded to all 29 other teams. He does not have the control in this situation. That lies with the New Orleans Pelicans. They dictate where he’s going to end up this offseason… I’m still told his four-team list of the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, (and) Bucks, still exists in that order, in that amount of teams, that group of teams. There are a couple other teams, undisclosed right now, that he would also consider.
“The Celtics, I’m told, are still not a long-term destination for him in his mind… Where the Celtics stand has not changed despite what Anthony Davis said over the weekend. Sources told me the Celtics are not (being considered) as far as the long-term play. But listen, it’s going to depend on exactly where the Pelicans want to trade him.”
The order in which he prefers his destination hasn’t been reported this definitively before. It may have been inferred by his and Rich Paul’s actions — and via leaks to the media — that the Lakers were at the top of his list, but this is the first time we’ve hear explicitly that there is an order of preference on the list he gave the Pelicans, and is about as clear as anything has been reported since the initial trade demand that got Davis fined.