However, after the Lakers finally made the deal, LeBron James made a huge gesture to his new teammate offering his No. 23 for the upcoming season.
As the press conference went on, I was thinking about to what degree Davis would be playing the 4, certainly his most comfortable spot over the years, vs. the 5, where he dominated Portland in a 2018 1st Round sweep, and where basketball's been heading.
This is a team that cannot only rim protect and clean up the glass but can stretch the floor with the best of them.
"I had brief conversations with them after it, they think they got lucky with it", Green said.
Whether or not he will change back to No. 23 following the 2019-20 season remains to be seen, but if he and the Lakers have enough success this year, he could very well elect to stick with what worked.
"It's going to be fun", Davis said.
"I think what we owe to the fans here is that our time here is not responding to critics or criticism", Pelinka said.
The LakeShow signed DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley and Avery Bradley after Leonard joined the Clippers. They also re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and JaVale McGee. "I feel like in a seven-game series, we'll come out victorious".
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Cousins said he's excited to be back with Anthony Davis after both were acquired by the Lakers this offseason and admitted it's a scenario he and Davis had talked about.
And now they have an opportunity to do it all again.
"When Anthony and I first started talking about the roster, he did say, 'I'd love to have some fives that can bang with some length", said the GM. "Obviously, we didn't want it to end".
Cousins revealed earlier this week the two had discussed reuniting. You never know, it could be two teams in L.A. playing against each other [in the playoffs] which we wouldn't have to travel anywhere.