Report: Anthony Davis doesn’t want to play for hometown Bulls

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Anthony Davis is reportedly expected to inform teams he’ll re-sign with only the Lakers. His message will be that if the Pelicans keep him or trade him elsewhere, he’ll leave in 2020 free agency.

Of course, Paul George said something similar. Then, he got traded to the Thunder, fell for Oklahoma City and re-signed.

In a copycat league, that precedent will have plenty of teams considering trading for Davis and hoping for the best. Those teams must assess the odds Davis re-signs with them.

The Bulls have young players – like Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Zach LaVine – who might impress New Orleans. Chicago has all its future first-round picks, including a high one in this year’s draft. The Bulls could also acquire Davis then have the cap space to sign a second star. And Davis is a Chicago native.

But…

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

One of the worst kept secrets in the league is that Anthony Davis does not want to play in Chicago, his hometown.

Unless Anthony Davis has had a major change of heart since I was last informed, he does not desire to play in his hometown.

Bulls fans might want to pin this on Gar Forman and John Paxson. Or maybe it’s the fault of notoriously cheap ownership. I don’t know precisely why Davis wants to avoid Chicago.

But it could simply be the team’s location.

Many players think they want to play for their hometown team then loathe the experience. Those pressures and distractions aren’t for everyone. Maybe Davis just has that self-awareness without going through the experience first.

Whatever his reason, we should probably slide the Bulls even further down the list of potential Davis destinations.