Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not happy with the events that transpired to expedite the departure of Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers, saying it was "bad for the league."
Kerr said the trend of players who are not free agents forcing trades to get out of existing contracts, as evidenced by the Davis-to-Lakers deal, is a "real problem."
"I'm talking more about Anthony Davis , "Kerr told The Warriors Insider Podcast. "Where a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple of 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, that city, to the fans . And then it's completely your right to leave as a free agent. But when you sign the contract, then you should be bound to that contract. "
Davis, who had another season left on his deal with the Pelicans when he asked for a trade to the Lakers in January, was Deal to Los Angeles in exchange for three players and three first-round draft picks in June
"If you come to an agreement with the team that," Hey, it's probably best for us to part ways, that's one thing, "Kerr said." But the Davis stuff was really kind of groundbreaking – and hopefully not a trend, because it's bad for the league. "
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has repeatedly said he wishes the trade demands" were (19659002) "You have a contract and it needs to be meaningful on both sides," Silver said at the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month. "On one hand, there's an expectation if you have a contr act and it is guaranteed that the team is going to meet the terms of the contract, and the expectation on the other side is that the player is going to meet the terms of the contract
"I will say, without getting into any specific circumstances, trade demands are disheartening. They're disheartening to the team. They're disheartening to the community and do not serve the player well. The players care about their reputations just as much.
On the podcast, Kerr agreed there was a right way and a wrong way to the process.
"What LeBron [James] did, played out his contract. What Kevin [Durant] did, both when he arrived at Golden State and when he left. You sign contracts, you play them out and you move on. That's how it should be done, "Kerr said.
" But it's a little disturbing that there has been some action that is going on before contracts are up, where teams are kind of held hostage and the league is kind of held hostage. I'm not a big fan of that. That's damaging for everybody. "