As the Los Angeles Lakers wind down one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history and brace for a consequential summer that could include major changes to try to return to a championship trajectory, Anthony Davis says he doesn't worry about hypothetical trade scenarios that involve him.
The Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, which eliminated L.A. from play-in tournament contention. A Klutch thing. My agency.
My job is to play basketball. We will have a conversation about it if that is something they are considering. I don't know what they're talking about.
As a 10-year NBA veteran, Davis knows how the league works and he doesn't think the Lakers will trade him. I don't know.
L.A. traded for Davis nearly three years ago, sending Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, three first-round picks and two pick swaps to the New Orleans Pelicans for the talented big man.
In his first year with L.A., Davis played 62 of 71 regular-season games, helping the Lakers to the championship and finishing second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. The Lakers rewarded Davis with a five-year contract extension.
He has missed half of the regular-season games because of various injuries. The Thursday game against the Golden State Warriors will be the 76th game he has missed since the start of the 2020-21 season.
Davis knows that his injury history is the only major issue on his resume.
Davis said that his job was to be on the basketball floor and play games. I have to stay healthy. It was two injuries that I couldn't control this year, but I will be back next year and see what happens.
Davis missed 17 games in December and January because of a knee injury. He missed 18 games in February because of a foot injury.
Davis said that the injuries don't make him injury prone. There were unfortunate circumstances that would have hurt a player.
I had no injuries this year where it was the fault of AD, Davis said. The same thing Kevin had.
When Bruce Brown fell backward into his left leg while getting back in transition defense against the New Orleans Pelicans, he missed 21 games.
It was similar to this season when James tried a give-and-go with Davis and caused Jaden McDaniels to fall to the floor and hit Davis in the knee.
The second significant injury of the season came when Davis leaped into the air to catch an off-target pass from teammate Malik Monk and landed on Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert as he came back down to the floor.
The big man was asked if the extended offseason would allow him to re-examine his training methods in order to stay healthy in the future.
Davis said his training methods were top tier. I can't control someone falling into my leg or someone stepping on someone's foot. It is not like I am out of shape and I did some crazy things, or that it was anything I could control.
Davis thinks his approach to training has helped him.
The doctors told me that I was lucky. If you weren't doing the work that you were supposed to be doing this summer, both could have been worse.
I could have one more. I could have torn my knee. I put in a lot of work this summer and I prevented catastrophic injuries from happening to my body, which is a positive for me.
People can say what they want to say, but I know what I do every summer to get ready for the season.