Anthony Davis not interested in Pelicans' ability to offer supermax

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The Pelicans center said he appreciated the kind words of James, who admitted Tuesday it would be "amazing" to play with Davis, but he couldn't quite reciprocate the longing publicly.

"The difference between the NBA and the NFL - the NBA is, like, what we believe he can be, what we believe he can be, the potential", James said.

With the Pelicans entering Friday's game in Los Angeles with a losing record, it's looking more and more likely that New Orleans will have to move Davis via trade - because if they don't, they risk losing him for absolutely nothing through free agency.

"I don't really care", Davis told ESPN on Wednesday after New Orleans lost 123-155 to Milwaukee.

"Interference is as bad as tampering - maybe worse in this case", one Eastern Conference GM told ESPN.

"I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering".

It's no surprise, then, that he has opinions on what makes two of the world's most popular sports leagues, the NFL and his own National Basketball Association, different from each other.

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As the National Basketball Association season progresses further and further, it seems like early free agency & trade rumors for five-time All-Star Anthony Davis continue to surface. But when I heard that Anthony Davis had signed with Klutch Sports, I knew the fix was in. "If you want to push Anthony Davis in L.A., if you allow LeBron to interfere with teams, then just do it. Change the rules, and say, 'It's the wild, wild west and anything goes'".

"When you play this team right here, the bottom line is that LeBron is going to control the whole game down the stretch", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Representatives of the small-market franchises indicated they believe the National Basketball Association is fine with star players navigating toward the bigger markets. He will become a free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season.

And though Davis told ESPN, "I love my teammates".

After the Lakers failed to pair James with a superstar in the summer of 2018 despite opening up salary cap space to do so, landing a big fish like Davis would give the team a realistic championship path, even as James, who turns 34 later this month, continues to age.

This story first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.