Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has described Anthony Davis’ forced exit from the New Orleans Pelicans as “disturbing” for the NBA.
Davis demanded a trade out of New Orleans with more than a year remaining on his contract, and although the Pelicans did not immediately cave to his in-season request, this offseason Davis got his wish when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kerr explained that his issue is specifically with Davis’ approach, while still under contract, as opposed to stars, such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who have played out their contracts first before switching teams.
“I’m talking more about the Anthony Davis situation,” Kerr said onThe Warrior Podcast. “Where a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple years left on his deal and says, ‘I want to leave.’ That’s a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.
“When you sign on that dotted line, you owe your effort and your play to that team, to that city, to the fans. And then it’s completely your right to leave as a free agent. But if you sign the contract, then you should be bound to that contract.