Anthony Davis sat down with NBATV at the NBA’s All-Star Weekend Media Day to attempt to bring some clarity to the drama that has followed him since he requested a trade from the Pelicans three weeks ago.
AD explained to Isiah Thomas and Grant Hill why he made the request when he did, “Being honest helps everybody, I wanted to give management more than enough time so they could make the best decision for them. New Orleans always respected me, and I felt like I should do the same.”
“I had a plan, I had steps to follow that plan and did what I was supposed to do. Obviously I knew there was a chance where it probably wasn’t going to happen. So I’m still here. You want to take control of your career. That’s what I tried to do.”
The All-Star center reiterated that winning is his number one priority moving forward, and that it’s not about moving to a bigger market. It had been previously reported that AD’s list of preferred destinations consisted of just four teams, including the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, and Knicks.
AD told the NBATV guys otherwise, “All 29 other teams are on my list, I don’t have a preferred destination. I just want to win. Whatever team I get traded to, I’ll play for that year [and] make the best of it. When free agency comes, we’ll see what happens. I can’t tell the future.”
“All 29 other teams are on my list.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 16, 2019
Tune in to tonight’s All-Star game to watch AD team up with James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant as part of Team Lebron.