LeBron James caused a minor stir earlier this week when he said it “would be amazing” to play with Pelicans star Anthony Davis in Los Angeles.
While some NBA GMs were reportedly miffed the league did not discipline James for tampering — an NBA spokesperson said that his comments were not improper — but Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry had a different take: Davis isn’t going anywhere.
“No we’re not trading him,” Gentry told reporters Friday ahead of the Lakers-Pelicans game. “We’re not trading him under any circumstance. You can move on from that one.”
Gentry has reiterated that point several times this year, at one point wryly noting, “There’s no one in the league we would trade him for. There’s no one out of the league. Not even Beyonce.”
What a formidable pair James and Davis could make on the same team, though. James scored 22 points and had a triple-double in the Lakers’ 112-104 victory Friday night in Los Angeles, while Davis had 30 points and 20 rebounds.
The 25-year-old Davis will be eligible for free agency in the summer of 2020 if he declines the final player-option year of his contract. He’s averaging 28.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per contest this season.