It’s a perfectly millennial tale.
Anthony Davis, sitting in a hotel room in Malibu on a Saturday afternoon in June, was laying in bed watching a movie when his agent, Rich Paul, called him. Davis, still a New Orleans Pelican as far as he knew, let the call go to voicemail. He wanted to keep watching the flick, even though he doesn’t remember the name of it.
“Some sailor movie or something like that. I don’t know why it was on, but it was pretty interesting,” Davis said. “I was like ‘Ah, I’ll call him later.'”
Paul rang again. This time, Davis not only didn’t answer, he sent it straight to voicemail.
But then it hit the 26-year-old superstar. After all, his name had only been in trade discussions for months.
“Now I’m blowing up (Paul’s) phone,” he said.
So, when he couldn’t reach Paul, Davis popped open Instagram. That’s when he found out he’d been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and would be teaming up with LeBron James.
On Saturday, the Lakers introduced Davis in his No. 3 jersey to the media. General manager Rob Pelinka declared him as “the most dominant young basketball player in the world.”
“This is really a history-shifting day for the Los Angeles Lakers,” Pelinka said.
Pelinka reached inside his sports jacket pocket and pulled out a notecard and praised everyone from Lakers ownership to the Pelicans front office to the players Los Angeles traded away – Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.
The expectations, understandably, are high heading into the 2019-20 season. No longer does the distraction of uncertainty weigh on Davis’ shoulders. He’s exactly where he wants to be.
“And that’s the biggest thing for me,” he said, “the relief of not knowing the unknown anymore and not knowing where I was going to be next season.”
“We want a decade of dominance ou