Recently, Coach Steve Kerr made headlines by stating that the successful trade demand by Anthony Davis (AD) to be with the Los Angeles Lakers is bad for the NBA. Thus, as he asserted during an interview, a player under contract should honor it until he is no longer obligated to.
“I’m talking more about the Anthony Davis situation. 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.” The Warriors Insider Podcast (transcribed by ESPN)
For these reason, AD should just stay with the New Orleans Pelicans even though AD already gave them seven (7) good years without supplementing him with another playmaker. Moreover, Coach Kerr also stated the difference between KD and LeBron situation.
Albeit, the criticisms the two received form their former fan base, KD and LeBron are free agents and thus both free to choose their timeline. Eventually, LeBron and KD have found success on their chosen path both are now NBA Champions.
Conversely, if the AD trade demand is bad, how about NBA teams just trading players for the so called “rebuild”? Actually, rebuilding “process” of NBA teams is celebrated by their individual fan bases. This is like a dream come true for most fans, as this may lead to future possible championship contention.
Whereas, the players “rebuilding process” for themselves is wrong for the NBA. This is like an insult to the players, are they not entitled to put “effort” on choosing the best possible course to earn a good career at least.
Obviously, the statement of Coach Kerr may have resulted from the situation of the Golden State right now – KD signing with the Brooklyn Nets and the Warriors a possible underdog this coming season.
At any rate, if teams can go on a full blown rebuild, so can players.