It’s a perfectly millennial tale.
Anthony Davis, sitting in a hotel room in Malibu on a Saturday afternoon in June, was laying in bed watching a movie when his agent, Rich Paul, called him. Davis, still a New Orleans Pelican as far as he knew, let the call go to voicemail. He wanted to keep watching the flick, even though he doesn’t remember the name of it.
“Some sailor movie or something like that. I don’t know why it was on, but it was pretty interesting,” Davis said. “I was like ‘Ah, I’ll call him later.'”
Paul rang again. This time, Davis not only didn’t answer, he sent it straight to voicemail.
But then it hit the 26-year-old superstar. After all, his name had only been in trade discussions for months.
“Now I’m blowing up (Paul’s) phone,” he said.
So, when he couldn’t reach Paul, Davis popped open Instagram. That’s when he found out he’d been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and would be teaming up with LeBron James.
Jul 6, 2019: Los Angeles Lakers players Kyle Kuzma (left), Anthony Davis (center) and Lebron James talk prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers during the NBA Summer League. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)