Was It Just the Anthony Davis Trade That Was “Bad” for the League?

Did the Anthony Davis trade hurt the league, or is it part of a situation in which players want better for themselves?

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The 2019 NBA offseason might have been one of the most active in recent years. Heck, it might have been the most active in league history.

Superstars moved from team to team. The minute that free agency opened, it seemed like the fans knew where everyone was going. The Knicks, in an attempt to salvage something from free agency, signed a bunch of veterans on short-term deals. They were hoping to get one of the top-tier free agents, as they were linked to KD or Kyrie, but their biggest free agent they got was Julius Randle, who, if you ask me, is one of the better big men in this league. As a result of all the moves, the league has a more even balance, and NBA fans might finally see someone else in the Finals besides Golden State.

Nets fans were happy. Blazers fans were happy. Clippers and Lakers fans were happy. Heat fans were happy.

One person who was not happy, though? Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. He lost his superstar player, Kevin Durant, to the Brooklyn Nets. KD is one of the best players in the league, and has a chance to be one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. I understand why that might be the reason why Kerr is upset.

But that is far from the reason Kerr is upset. Kerr is upset with the Anthony Davis trade, as he feels that the trade was “forced,” and that it is bad for the NBA.

“When a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple years left on his deal and says “I want to leave.” That’s a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with,” Kerr said.

I completely agree with Kerr. If you sign a contract with a team, that is your way of saying “I want to play here. I want to stay here for however long my contract states.” If guys think they might be unhappy in the future, which is hard to tell, or if they are unsure about a situation, maybe sign a shorter deal. Look at J.J. Redick last year. He signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia, and now he is with the Pelicans. Redick had a great year with Philly, and now he is going to bring his talents to New Orleans.

I understand that players want to put themselves in the best possible situation in order to increase their legacy and have the opportunity to win championships. The Anthony Davis situation, case in point. He did not feel that he could win a championship in New Orleans, and wanted to be traded to a team that gives him a chance to compete for and win a championship. He is now in Los Angeles, surrounded by the GOAT, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, KCP, and Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of 2018-2019 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kerr even praised LeBron and KD for their past situations. LeBron wanted to leave the Cavs so that he could contend for a championships, and he left for Miami. But he played out his contract. KD wanted to join Golden State because he felt that they gave him the best chance to win a championship. He played out the rest of his contract.

“What LeBron James did, played out his contract. What Kevin Durant did, both when he arrived at Golden State and when he left. You sign contracts, you play them out, and you move on. That’s how it should be done.”

I think Anthony Davis should have certainly played out his contract, but I see exactly why he wanted to leave New Orleans. They had the talent (Jrue Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins) to win a championship, but they could only get to the Eastern Conference Semifinals (in 2017-2018), where they lost to Golden State. The Lakers give him an immediate chance to contend for and win a championship.

Will we see anything major drama in the upcoming 2019-2020 NBA season?

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