Anthony Davis clarifies remarks about joining Bulls in free agency
Anthony Davis ignited a firestorm this week with remarks about potentially joining his hometown Chicago Bulls in free agency after the 2019-20 season. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar walked back those comments.
According to a tweet shared by Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Davis stated “we’ll see where it goes” when it comes to his impending free agency and that he never said he considered signing with the Bulls next summer.
Anthony Davis says he never said he considered going to Chicago next summer. He said he is focused on winning a championship with the Lakers, everyone is aware he’ll be a free agent and “we’ll see where it goes.”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 5, 2019
In a piece from Eric Woodward of ESPN, Davis teased the notion that a return to Chicago to play for the Bulls could be in his future.
STORY: Lakers star Anthony Davis again teases return to hoops 'Mecca' Chicago. "Honestly, it's nothing like playing at home," Davis said. "I don't know … I mean, I am a free agent next year, but we'll see. It's a possibility." https://t.co/fsVBqbgwYH— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) November 5, 2019
“Honestly, it’s nothing like playing at home,” Davis said. “I don’t know. … I mean, I am a free agent next year, but we’ll see. It’s a possibility.”
The Lakers acquired Davis obviously with the assumption that the superstar would ultimately sign a long-term extension with the team. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported in June that Davis “has long indicated privately that he plans to sign a new contract with the Lakers once he becomes eligible for free agency in 2020.”
In July during his introductory press conference, however, Davis declined to publicly confirm his purported intention to remain with the Lakers beyond this season.
Just recently, Sam Amick of The Athletic reported that the only way Davis would not re-up in L.A. is if the Lakers somehow botched the entire situation.
All that said, it’s premature to contemplate what Davis will do next summer, even if he spawned the speculation by teasing a move to Chicago in an arguably regrettable manner.