It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Despite all the action and hype around the game, I do completely understand some people just aren’t intrigued. Whether it’s because your favorite team was eliminated, or simply you just aren’t a football fan, there is more than enough going on in the sports world to peak sports fan’s interest. The NBA has been on fire recently with so many trades and big-name news around soon to be free agents. If you missed any of the major news around the NBA, check out the news below, along with my input on it!
- Anthony Davis requests a trade: Can you honestly blame him? He’s a top 5 talent in the league and has had to suffer on a team with little around him other than Jrue Holiday. In six full seasons, Davis and the Pelicans have made the playoffs just twice and have only won a playoff series once. The Pelicans don’t look like they will be making a major title push this season and Davis deserves to be on a team that has a realistic chance of winning an NBA Championship.
- Multiple teams emerge with Anthony Davis aspirations: With the talents of Davis up for grabs via trade, many teams began to create packages to land the tremendous athlete. The list of teams jockeying for Davis included the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, and even somehow the Warriors. While the Warriors are highly unlikely, and the Bulls were later revealed as a destination that didn’t intrigue Davis, the Lakers, Celtics, and Knicks all remain viable options to land the superstar.
- AD’s Dad blasts Celtics: Adding more fuel to the fire, Davis’s father was not a fan of his son potentially being a Boston Celtic. He told ESPN, “I would never want my son to play for Boston after what they done to Isaiah Thomas.” “No loyalty. Guy gives his heart and soul and they traded him.” While the Celtics must wait longer than others to make a trade for Davis, it’s not a good statement to be made about your franchise. The Celtics rival the Lakers for most assets that are tradable and enticing. If Davis isn’t a fan of Boston, I don’t believe it can be worth what it would cost him.
- Lakers trade package doesn’t entice Pelicans: The Pelicans were very underwhelmed by the Lakers first trade offer of Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, and a 1st round pick. The Pelicans reportedly didn’t even offer a counter to the proposal. The Pelicans are rumored to make a counter soon with the focus on two first round picks, but it remains to be seen. The Lakers will be very aggressive trying to land Davis as soon as possible to secure the duo of Lebron James and Anthony Davis.
- Kristaps Porzingis: Reports came out that Porzingis was uncertain about his future in New York due to the losing culture and the overall attitude of the franchise. The Knicks wasted absolutely no time and dealt him to the Dallas Mavericks within the day. The Knicks sent Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr, Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee to the Mavericks. The Knicks received Dennis Smith Jr, DeAndre Jordan, and Wesley Matthews, in addition to two 1st round picks.
- Where will Kyrie go: Asked earlier last year, Kyrie Irving said he would return to the Celtics “if they would have him back”. Asked recently, Irving had a very different answer saying, “Ask me on July 1st.” He also noted that he “Didn’t owe anyone s***.” The Celtics have so many talented pieces, but if they lose Kyrie, and they fail to acquire Anthony Davis, this could be an extremely detrimental step backwards. The question then becomes if not Boston, then where will Kyrie go?
- New York, where dreams need to become reality: The Knicks trade sets them back tremendously if they don’t execute this offseason perfectly. The Knicks pick will be extremely vital, and I believe Zion Williamson should be the only player they should consider. He has a great handle, is quick, physical, and efficient, and has box-office dunking ability. The Knicks also have tremendous cap room, about $71 million, and have multiple top talents in their sights. The New Knicks will be looking to add the best elite talents this offseason including Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving. There are so many big names available and its marque name or bust for the Knicks.
- The Mavericks future: While the Knicks will be a focal point with all the moves, signings, and potential #1 draft pick in their future, what will become of the Mavericks? I absolutely love the pairing of Porzingis and Luka Doncic. Doncic is running away with ROTY (rookie of the year) and is enjoying a tremendous rookie season. Both international players have so many years in front of them and are vibrant, young studs. The Mavericks have their future now, and although they will have to wait for a healthy Porzingis, they will be dynamic together.
- Allstar Game Drama: There are always snubs and surprises in the Allstar games and this year was no different. The two biggest surprises for most NBA fans seem to be Kyle Lowry and Lamarcus Aldridge. I’m glad that D’Angelo Russell got in for an injured Victor Oladipo, but I still question why the two biggest snubs, Luka Doncic and Tobias Harris, were not included. I thought the tweets at Rudy Gobert were childish and honestly not worth addressing. Regardless of who made it, I’m excited to see if Lebron will use this game as an opportunity to try to recruit top free agents like Durant, Irving, or Thompson to make the move to purple and gold.