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NBA rumors: Anthony Davis views every team but Lakers as one-year stop

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NBA rumors: Anthony Davis views every team but Lakers as one-year stop

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It appears that Anthony Davis has made up his mind. The five-time All-Star (it will be six-time All-Star very soon) reportedly wants to play for the Lakers. and it's only a matter of time before that becomes a reality.

The latest intel comes from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe:

Teams interested in trading for Davis -- including the Boston Celtics -- are in full fact-finding mode and the intel coming back is this, sources tell ESPN: Davis' plan is to treat any trade destination as a one-year stop -- except, of course, the Lakers. Teams are learning that Davis' stated intention will be to play the season elsewhere if traded outside of the Lakers, but move to the Lakers as a free agent in 2020.

While this may be the permanent mindset of Davis and his agent Rich Paul, it's also quite possible that there is some posturing going on because the trade deadline is a week away. If Paul is able to convince the Pelicans that Davis is not going to re-sign with anybody else other than the Lakers in the summer of 2020, then it's in New Orleans' best interest to send The Brow to Los Angeles now.

Why? Because why would another team trade a bunch of assets for Davis if he's only going to be there for one season? We know that some teams would be willing to take that risk -- with the belief that they could convince Davis to stick around long-term (we are looking at you, Boston and/or New York).

This is similar to the situation in Toronto with Kawhi Leonard, but the Raptors didn't have to give up as much as a team would in this case to acquire Davis.

[RELATED: Watch Pelicans' intro video with Anthony Davis edited out]

So, how does this new information impact the Warriors? Well, if Davis does get traded to anybody other than the Lakers, perhaps his mindset changes over the next 18 months and he enters free agency in the summer of 2020 with a legitimate interest in testing the market. At that point, the Warriors just might be in position to be a serious contender in the sweepstakes.

That, of course, will depend on where things stand with free agents-to-be Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Don't forget that Draymond Green is scheduled to be a free agent in July 2020 as well.

One piece of advice to remember as you think about all of the hypotheticals -- anything is possible in today's NBA so everything is on the table.  Except for the Warriors trading Steph Curry, duh.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Michael Jordan claims Warriors' Steph Curry isn't Hall of Famer 'yet''

Through his first 10 NBA seasons, Steph Curry has won two league MVPs (one unanimous) and three league titles with the Warriors. He's been named to six All-Star teams and has a scoring championship under his belt. He's on pace to destroy the all-time record for most career 3-pointers.

By most accounts, he's changed the way young players shoot the basketball.

That should be enough to make Curry a Hall of Famer, right?

Not according to Michael Jordan.

"He's still a great player," Jordan said Monday on NBC's "Today." "Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He's not."

MJ, you're the GOAT, but this is a freezing cold take.

How did this come up? About six years ago, Jordan was asked to pick four players he'd want to team up with in a fictional pick-up game. He chose Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and James Worthy.

NBC's Craig Melvin asked Jordan if anything had changed since he picked those four and if he'd swap out any of them for current NBA players.

Jordan said he would not, and Melvin threw Curry's name out there, asking His Airness if the Warriors star should be offended.

"I hope not," Jordan said, before claiming Curry isn't yet a Hall of Famer.

[RELATED: KD picks Steph over Russ]

Curry has revolutionized the way the game is being played, just like some guy named Jordan did in the 1980s and 90s.

Jordan did a lot of good during his playing career, but since he hung up that Wizards jersey, not much has gone right for him. These comments are just another black eye on Mike.

 

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

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Kevin Durant's basketball life flashed before eyes after Achilles injury

Kevin Durant is unlikely to step on the court in an NBA game this season. The last time he did, he tore his Achilles, one of the toughest injuries for basketball players to fully recover from.

The person that began defending Durant on the play on which he was injured was none other than Toronto's Serge Ibaka, who previously played alongside the two-time Finals MVP while both were members of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The two former teammates recently met up for the newest episode of Ibaka's Bleacher Report show, 'How Hungry Are You?', and Durant confessed what was going through his mind at the moment when his Achilles gave out.

"I felt like my whole basketball life flashed before my eyes," Durant told Ibaka. "I thought about everything I did from like the first time I played until then. That was the first time that something like that ever happened to me on the court. 

"I guess it just relaxed me a bit as I thought about it because I'm like, 'Man, I've been through everything and this is something else I've got to get over, so let me get my ass up, walk to the locker room and figure out what's next."

Before such a serious thought crossed Durant's mind, a far more comical one did so first.

"First of all, when you switched out on me, I was like, 'Why would y'all switch Serge out on me?" Durant questioned with a laugh. "Even though I'm a little hobbled right now, this a bucket. That's what I was thinking.

"And it's crazy how fast your mind switches, cuz in a matter of the next second, it was like I was on the ground thinking about my whole basketball career. It happened so fast, and once I got back to the back and realized what happened, I was just like, 'Alright, man, let me figure out ... when can I get surgery?'

"I was just trying to move on to the next step so fast and not dwell on it too much."

[RELATED: Who's better: Steph or Russ? KD makes his choice clear]

Little did we know at the time that Durant's next step would lead him to Brooklyn.

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