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Report: Dates scheduled for Lakers’ Anthony Davis at New Orleans, other return games

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, wearing a ‘That’s All Folks,’ T-shirt under his jacket, exits the floor, possibly for the last time at a Pelican, after an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Warriors won 112-103. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)


This era of star movement has produced one fun effect – increasingly common return games.

So many stars will return with new teams to their prior home arenas. The emotions of those games, positive or negative, often create memorable atmospheres.

When will those big games happen?

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook and Mike Conley will get cheered.

Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving will get booed.

I’m not sure what will happen with Paul George and Kristaps Porzingis. I lean toward George getting cheered, especially because Westbrook will return first to Oklahoma City and set a model. Porzingis will also likely receive mostly cheers – especially if the Knicks are bad without him. And they’ll probably be bad without him.

Also keep in mind: The schedule is still tentative. A few dates could be tweaked. But this draft will look similar to the final version.