The Anthony Davis' mid-season trade demand was one of the stories that stole headlines during this year's NBA season. The public request put heat on Rich Paul and resulted in a $50,000 fine for Davis. Despite the fallout, AD claims he has no regrets about how the situation played out.
Davis explained in an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he knew he wasn't signing an extension with the Pelicans. This mindset led him to believe that demanding the trade during the season would be beneficial for both himself and New Orleans.
"No, I wish I did it the way I did it," Davis said. "I love the city of New Orleans, but from a professional standpoint, I felt like it was time for me to move on."
Because AD ended up being paired with fellow Klutch athlete LeBron James, many felt like Paul was pulling strings to put James in the best position to win another championship. But according to AD, his decision was rooted in his desires and there were no ulterior motives to get him to LA.
"I allowed people to tell me what to do and advise me to do things, and I’d think, ‘Alright, they’re looking out for me,'" he continued. "Now, by me being able to take control of my career, any decision I make I can sleep at night. That’s the biggest thing for me."
This independent mindset also led AD to disclose that he's not set on re-signing with the Lakers once his contract expires.
"Honestly, Rachel, I'm just focused on this season," Davis said when asked about his expiring contract. "I don't know what's going to happen. I have one year here and I'm going to make the best of this year."
Davis' comments might spark some concern from Lakers fans as they gutted their young core to acquire AD, but for now, they can take solace in having one of the best duos in the NBA.