All has been quiet on the Los Angeles Lakers front, especially as it relates to free agency and Anthony Davis deal. With the trade being a few days from becoming official on July 6th, the silence is understood. Once he joins the roster and things settle with Kawhi Leonard, the roster for the upcoming season will begin to shape up.
Winning has always been Davis’ desire. When he was being shut down last season amidst trade rumors, he found himself in uncharted territory. Davis recently spoke with the Arash Markazi of the LA Times. He went into detail about last year’s trade deadline debacle and his priorities going forward.
“It was different, Davis said. “Being limited to 20 to 25 minutes was definitely different. Not being able to play in the fourth quarter and close out games was a little hard for me. I wanted to go out there and help the team win. I just want to play again. I was limited last season and now I’m looking forward to getting back on the floor and being productive next year.
“My season was cut, or at least limited in terms of playing the game that I love. I’m excited to get back to it and get back into the swing of things. I started back working out, so that helps. I want to make this season better than the last.”
Davis only played in 56 games last season. The career-high in missed games resulted in a 33-49 record for the Pelicans. The Lakers are coming off of their own set of unfortunate circumstances. They were 37-45 after LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram missed much of last year.
Both players are ready for a fresh start alongside each other. It’s encouraging to see both Davis and James working hard to ensure this season will be a success. All of the off-court stuff is going to need to translate on the floor.