James shrugged off the criticism of his comments by naming several other high-end players he'd love to see join the Lakers, including Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic and even former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving:
Although the three-time NBA champion downplayed the significance of his Davis remark, some NBA general managers expressed concern to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com about whether the league is properly enforcing its tampering rules.
"It's New Orleans' problem today, and a problem with a different player tomorrow for the rest of us," an Eastern Conference GM said. "It's open season on small markets and our players."
Meanwhile, Davis explained to ESPN's Zach Lowe earlier in the week he's not concerning himself with discussions about the future right now.
"I don't really care," he said. "Obviously, it's cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me. But my job is to turn this team around. If we're 15-17, that means I'm not doing my job."
McCollum and the Blazers Snapped Postseason Losing Streak for "Jennifer"
Stars Invest in Plant-Based Food as Vegetarianism Sweeps NBA
The NBA Got Some Wild Techs This Season
Jarrett Allen Is One of the NBA’s Hottest Rim Protectors
Wade's Jersey Swaps Created Epic Moments This Season
Westbrook Makes History While Honoring Nipsey Hussle
Devin Booker Makes History with Scoring Tear
29 Years Ago, Jordan Dropped Career-High 69 Points
Bosh Is Getting His Jersey Raised to the Rafters in Miami
Steph Returns to Houston for 1st Time Since His Moon Landing Troll
Lou Williams Is Coming for a Repeat of Sixth Man of the Year
Pat Beverley Has the Clippers Stealing the LA Shine
LeBron Keeps Shredding NBA Record Books
Young's Hot Streak Is Heating Up the ROY Race with Luka
LeBron and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album
Wade's #OneLastDance Dominated February
Warriors Fans Go Wild After Unforgettable Moments with Steph
Eight Years Ago, the Nuggets Traded Melo to the Knicks
Two Years Ago, the Kings Shipped Boogie to the Pelicans
ASG Will Be Competitive Again If the NBA Raises the Stakes
Yet, Haynes noted Davis purchased a $7.5 million home in Los Angles earlier this year and, while other teams such as the Boston Celtics are monitoring the situation, an L.A. endgame could become reality: "The Lakers are a legitimate threat to pry Davis from the Pelicans. And if that's what he wants, as many believe, there really will be no stopping him."
Davis is under contract with the Pelicans through the 2019-20 season, so the only way for the Lakers to acquire him in the short term would be via trade. New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry ruled out that possibility ahead of Friday's game.
The question is whether the franchise's stance could change as the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft inches closer to free agency with the allure of James and the Lakers looming.