As the 25-year-old superstar Anthony Davis stepped on to the field Saturday to play for his team the New Orleans Pelicans, it was not exactly what he had hoped for in the weeks before.
For up to the american basketliga the NBA's so-called trade-deadline Thursday of this week was good and well all convinced that Davis was on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, where LeBron James stood ready with open arms.
Davis has long been linked with a move to the american west coast, and Davis had also filed an official desire to get away from the New Orleans Pelicans, but as the deadline approached, there was silently.
Several months of work from the Lakers' side in order to get Davis on the team ran out in the sand. A big failure for both Davis and the Lakers.
Uadtil there was no doubt that Davis would prefer to play for the Lakers. It had already made him unpopular among the New Orleans Pelicans' fans, and the lack of change also made his agent Rich Paul (who also is the agent for LeBron James, red.) concerned about the sporting prospects.
It writes ESPN.
what would the Pelicans do now with Davis, who basically did not want to be in the club anymore, but which was now trapped at least until the coming summer. the
the Fear from Davis' camp was that the Pelicans would benches Davis, in the rest of the season's 27 matches in order to avoid damage, which could cost a large change for the summer.
Therefore contacted Rich Paul NBA organization to ensure that Davis would continue to be a part of the Pelicans team.
And the NBA returned the favor by reading the rules and gently remind the Pelicans that if they bænkede Davis, so it would be costly, since in such a case would offend against the league rules.
exactly, would it cost 100,000 dollars (at the bottom of the 700,000, red.) every match, Davis would be benched.
Davis in action. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix
Davis had already received a fine of 50,000 dollars (320.000 kronor, ed.), since agent Rich Paul broke the rules by making Davis' desire to get away from the Pelicans public.
And there is evidence to suggest that the message from the NBA has been received by the Pelicans' management.
Davis was in action against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, where he netted 32 points. But he got a rough welcome by the audience, which pah'ed by the star.
I was surprised. It was definitely awkward, but it makes me nothing. I was just happy to play the sport I love, it sounded diplomatic from Davis himself.
After the switch to the Lakers is smoked in the sink, predicts that the Lakers' eternal rivals the Boston Celtics instead have all the cards in your hand to lure Davis to the club for the summer.
The last word is certainly not written in the Davis saga.