Several GMs told ESPN that they reached out to New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps to express dismay over what they perceive as the NBA's tacit endorsement of James' comments to ESPN's Dave McMenamin calling the possibility of Davis' arrival as "amazing" and "incredible".
Davis isn't slated to become a free agent until following the 2019-20 season but he recently switched agents and now retains Rick Paul of Klutch Sports, the same agent who represents James.
"Of course not, no", James said.
James said he wasn't surprised by the attention his comments received, stating "anything I say will generate something".
"I don't run the team and obviously there's some things that need to be worked out on both sides", he said. "I guess being back on our home floor and being back with my teammates gave me enough energy throughout the game to be able to make enough plays to win". "So we'll see what happens".
The Lakers forward, who in recent years has become an increasingly outspoken advocate for professional athletes on matters of race and politics, took the National Football League and its owners to task on the latest episode of The Shop, which aired Friday (Saturday NZ time) on U.S. network HBO. And as cool as that must be for any player to hear, Davis has more pressing fish to fry with the Pelicans. Should he not sign an extension, Davis can hit free agency in 2020, when the Lakers and Celtics are heavily rumored to make strong pushes for him.
"If you can trade [Davis] for anybody, then he is the most valuable guy in the league".
Davis has not asked for a trade, and the Pelicans are still optimistic that they can convince him to stay long-term as long as he leaves the door open a crack. "There's no one in the league that we would trade [Anthony Davis] for, and there's no one out of the league - not even Beyonce. If we wouldn't trade him for her, he's probably untouchable". Julius Randle had 21 points in his first game against the Lakers at Staples Center, and Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists.
The LA Lakers added LeBron James over the 2018 off-season and his arrival has led to a turn around in the team's fortunes.
Swinging big has been the Lakers' M.O. since general manager Rob Pelinka and team president Magic Johnson took on their roles in 2017.