Kevin Garnett criticized the way New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis’s agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, has handled Davis’s trade request.
“This was a bit unprofessional, to be honest,” Garnett said on TNT before Saturday night’s All-Star festivities.
Garnett said he doesn’t like how agents are dictating the action, and he doesn’t believe this was the proper approach or the right timing.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry called the whole situation a dumpster fire, and Garnett echoed a similar sentiment.
“It’s not my taking,” Garnett said. ” … I don’t like the way this process has come out.”
"This was a bit unprofessional, to be honest."
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He said it’s not fair to the players to call for a trade that was a long shot to happen during the season. Not only did that decision hurt the Pelicans, he noted, but it also had a ripple effect on the Los Angeles Lakers as they were met with unnecessary distractions.
Garnett hinted that the Lakers’ young roster might have been affected by the outside noise, and he said the added pressure wasn’t fair to them. He labeled this a “sensitive generation,” pointing out that it’s important to tackle situations the right way.
“Those kids [were] playing totally different basketball than they were after the trade deadline,” Garnett said. “Y’all saw that. The energy was different.”
The Lakers and Celtics appear to be two of the frontrunners to trade for Davis, but Davis himself said every team besides the Pelicans is in the mix.