That was just one of several jaw-dropping moments during Davis’ 24-minute meeting with the media Saturday. He discussed not only the possibility of playing for the Celtics but also why he would be interested in joining the New York Knicks, the firing of Pelicans general manager Dell Demps on Friday afternoon and why he asked for a trade out of New Orleans in the first place.
“I’m just keeping it real, to be honest,” Davis said with a smile, when asked why he was being so forthright about his future. “I knew that’s all you guys wanted to talk about. I just stated how I feel, stated my intentions, and we’ll go on from there.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
The most significant of those stated intentions, however, was Davis’ willingness to go to Boston. With young forwards Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and a plethora of draft picks — most notably a protected first-rounder from the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies that could become unprotected in 2021 — the Celtics have enough to beat any other team’s realistic offer for Davis.
The one thing that could have stopped them, however, was being unsure of Davis’ willingness to stick around after he can become a free agent in 2020. That, in theory, could have opened the door to Davis’ top destination, the Los Angeles Lakers, where he could play alongside LeBron James and instantly return the Lakers to championship contention. New Orleans, however, was underwhelmed by the Lakers’ collection of young players (Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball) and draft picks, and negotiations became both public and acrimonious on both sides.
Davis, though, was happy to talk about his future in mid-February. When the Celtics came back up in the wake of him saying they were on his list, Davis repeated a variation of the same phrase — “I never said Boston was not on my list” — three times. He subsequently went on NBA TV and declared that “all 29 teams” were on his list, which ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported before the trade deadline was initially two teams — the Lakers and Knicks — before later expanding to the LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.
“Market [size] doesn’t matter to me,” Davis said. “I just want to win. 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 a small market, I just want to win.”
Davis was asked why he would be interested in playing for the Knicks, who are on his list while sporting the NBA’s second-worst record at 11-47.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
“It’s a great franchise,” Davis said. “Playing obviously at the Garden, the city … but also Milwaukee is on that list, too. It doesn’t matter about big market, small market; it’s about winning for me.