Steve Kerr must be in the kitchen because he is definitely trying to stir the pot with his recent comments.
During an interview on the Warriors Insider Podcast, the Golden State Warriors head coach specifically cited Anthony Davis’ trade demand as a major issue with the NBA.
“I’m talking more about the Anthony Davis situation,” Kerr said on The Warriors Insider 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 [once the contract runs out] 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.
Davis was received a $50,000 fine from the NBA in January for making a public trade request.
Kerr didn’t hold back, saying the whole Davis situation was “bad for the league.”
“If you come to an agreement with the team that, hey, it’s probably best for us to part ways, that’s one thing. But the Davis stuff was really kind of groundbreaking — and hopefully not a trend, because it’s bad for the league.”
Davis has one guaranteed season left on his five-year, $127.2 million contract—and a player option for 2020-21.
The 26-year-old made it clear that he wouldn’t change how he handled the situation:
“I knew I wasn’t gonna sign an extension and that my time in New Orleans was definitely coming to an end. And, you know, I see a lotta people that say, ‘Wait’ or ‘You shoulda did it this way, that way.’ But for me, I’ve been in the league long enough. I’m a grown man. I know what I want. And so I thought doing it at that time was definitely going to be beneficial for myself and for the organization to get the best package available, so that way the organization is still set.”