Anthony Davis likes LeBron James’ IG comment on Harrison Barnes trade
LeBron James took to Instagram to post an interesting reaction to the Dallas Mavericks trading Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s thoughts on the deal elicited a like from none other than Anthony Davis.
The trade was announced during the Dallas Mavericks’ tilt against the Charlotte Hornets, a game in which Barnes surprisingly was actually playing. The timing was interesting as players tend to be held out of games when trade deliberations are occurring.
James’ comments on the deal highlighted what he views as a double-standard of the deal, as teams are rarely criticized for making business decisions. That’s not necessarily the same case when it comes to players.
“So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right??? Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea,” James wrote in the post. “I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!”
Interestingly, Davis later liked James’ post. Given how his trade request was inspired by doing what he feels is best for himself and his career, the New Orleans Pelicans star’s reaction is hardly a surprise, especially given his preferred destination is said to be LeBron’s Lakers.
Anthony Davis liked LeBron’s post commenting on Harrison Barnes being traded mid-game pic.twitter.com/55DPx99a14— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 7, 2019
It does merit noting amid the social media activity of James and Davis is that Barnes reportedly requested to play in Wednesday’s game despite the ongoing trade deliberations involving him.
.@paulpierce34 says Harrison Barnes knew a trade to the Kings was in the works prior to the game, and still wanted to play for the Mavericks Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/06wuxZERBC— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 7, 2019
All that said, it’s important to note that James does not blame the Mavericks for making the deal. Instead, James argues that teams and players should enjoy a level playing field when it comes to these kind of issues.