Why Anthony Davis won’t sign with 29 teams this summer

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If there is a season to be played in 2020-2021, Anthony Davis will play it as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. That may seem like an obvious statement to a lot of people, but his pending player option has led many content creators for other team sites to try and find a way to get the top big man in the league on their team.

I could list at least half a dozen reasons why I’m confident that Davis will remain in the purple and gold, but that’s boring. Instead, I’m going to list at least one reason for every team why they won’t sign AD.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have the ability and cap space to sign Anthony Davis, and I think that Trae Young would make a great running mate for him. They have an interesting young team and could be on the cusp of being able to compete again in the Eastern Conference.

However, Anthony Davis isn’t getting any younger, and he wants to compete right now. Winning a title with the Hawks in their current form would have slim odds, and that has to be the main reason why he won’t go there.

Boston Celtics

When Dwight Howard left the Lakers after one season and went to the Houston Rockets, he was branded as a pariah and it took a unique set of circumstances for him to be welcomed by the LA faithful with his recent return as a role-player.

Anthony Davis didn’t publicly demand a trade and leak that his preferred destination was the Lakers to only run to their greatest rival just one season later. Boston would have to do some insane cap movement to make the fit work, and with Danny Ainge being a conservative general manager, it just doesn’t make sense.

Brooklyn Nets

There are rumblings that the Nets want to add a third star to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and Davis would fit well with that pairing to form an absolutely unstoppable three-headed monster in the Eastern Conference.

The Nets would need to work a sign-and-trade for Davis to make it work and would have to ship out around four contracts. The Lakers likely would be unwilling to take on any of those players and it would have to be made into a three or four-team deal. Davis hasn’t been linked to the Nets in any way and seems to have found his perfect superstar running mate in LeBron James.

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets are in cap space hell for at least one more year and would have to dump salary to be able to take on Davis. There are no on-the-court reasons for Anthony Davis to sign with this garbage fire of a team.

The only way I can see AD signing with Charlotte is if Michael Jordan somehow wins a massive bet with Rich Paul.

Chicago Bulls

This is the team that you opened this article for. You might have even skipped the first few entries to get to this one. I don’t blame you. The Bulls are possibly the most dangerous team to the Lakers in their pursuit of one of the league’s current greats.

The Bulls have restructured their front office after many years of fans clamoring for change. Ownership continues to pinch-pennies when it comes to staff and player personnel but changes are being made that some had questioned would ever happen.

Anthony Davis played at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in that city and loves being there. If they are savvy, the Bulls could open up enough cap space for him while retaining much of the young core.

The Bulls are much like Atlanta in that they have some good young players, but not enough to contend right now. Anthony Davis wants to win, and while winning a championship for your hometown is an admirable goal, he’s practical enough to know that it won’t happen with the team as it stands.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Could you imagine if Anthony Davis left LeBron James and joined The King’s hometown team?

Neither can I.

Dallas Mavericks

The cap situation absolutely would not work without gutting most of the assets that would be needed to make this team a contender in the Western Conference.

Also, why would Davis want to go to the third-best city in Texas?

Denver Nuggets

Anthony Davis works best as a five in the current state of the NBA. Nikola Jokic is one of the best big men in the NBA who also works best as a five. The two would be a really fun fit and make for some stressed-out defenders, but that’s a lot of money to put into a frontcourt in a backcourt dominated league.

Detroit Pistons

We didn’t get AD out of New Orleans only for him to go be irrelevant in Detroit with another former LA star. That’s not happening. Next question.

Golden State Warriors

Could you imagine Steph, Klay and AD together? Objectively, that would be a really fun team.

But the salary cap exists.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have shown time and time again that they have no interest in anyone who is taller than me.

Indiana Pacers

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if instead of making the choice between Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis that the Pacers just went rogue and signed Anthony Davis?

It’s not happening, but that’s an incredible thought.

Los Angeles Clippers


Los Angeles Lakers

Yes, Anthony Davis will sign here.

Memphis Grizzles

Much like the Hawks and Bulls, the Grizzlies have a great young team. I feel a little more confident in the Grizzlies to put something together in the next few years because their front office has made some incredibly smart moves.

But no, they still aren’t signing Anthony Davis.

Miami Heat

Again like the Cavs, it would be incredible if AD left LeBron to join one of his former teams. The Heat could trade Kelly Olynyk (that’s a name) and not take back any salary and have the ability to sign him.

Pat Riley is a convincing man, and Erik Spoelstra is one of my favorite coaches. But I think that LeBron and AD are closer than AD would ever be with Jimmy Butler.

Milwaukee Bucks

Could you imagine?

Why would he go to Milwaukee to team up with Giannis when in a few years they’re going to team up in LA?

Minnesota Timberwolves

This is another youth-focused team that would be a fun fit for Anthony Davis. He has no connections to KAT or D’LO though.

New Orleans Pelicans


New York Knicks

According to Early Bird Rights, the Knicks could get to 50 million in cap space this summer.

Why would AD sign for a team that hasn’t won a title in 47 years?

Oklahoma City Thunder

Seeing two former Pelicans playing on the Seattle Supersonics Oklahoma City Thunder would be a huge downer for the two New Orleans basketball fans. They realistically don’t have the cap space to make that happen though.

Orlando Magic

I forgot this team existed and Anthony Davis probably did too.

Philadelphia 76ers

Much like the Nuggets, the Sixers would be investing too much in a frontcourt. This wouldn’t happen even if they could afford it.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns wouldn’t sign Anthony Davis even if they could.

Portland Trailblazers

They literally can’t afford to sign anyone next season.

Sacramento Kings

Much like the Suns, Anthony Davis wouldn’t be on the Kings radar.

San Antonio Spurs

For the first time in around 20 years, the Spurs just aren’t good enough for AD to consider going there. We need to free Popovich from himself.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors could get to enough space to sign Anthony Davis, and if he’s willing to play the five, he would be a great fit in Canada. But, this isn’t a move that the current NBA champions would make. And I don’t foresee Davis leaving sunny California for freezing Toronto.

Utah Jazz

Like the Nuggets and Sixers, the Jazz would be spending too much money on their frontcourt. And AD doesn’t have enough screen assists to fit in at Utah.

Washington Wizards

The Wizards are trying to move on from star players, not bring them in.



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