The NBA trading period is now a full week behind us, and yet the issue that nobody seems to forget seems to be the place where Anthony Davis next plays. If you ask Charles Barkley, this seems like a foregone conclusion that the Los Angeles Lakers will finally have their second star to mate with LeBron James.
When Barkley prepared for another busy All-Star weekend, he took some time to answer questions from reporters, and one particular answer might grab the attention of the League (via Ben Golliver of the Washington Post ):
"At some point Anthony Davis will be at the Lakers. I said that three months ago when he signed with Klutch … The fix is in. I actually got a call from Rich Paul. I said, 'Dude, the fix is in. You know he's going to the Lakers. "Once he signed up with Klutch, the fix was ready."
Truly lucky that well-known investigative journalist Charles Barkley made the bottom of this issue. No further reporting is required here. This story is over.
I'm interested in why Rich Paul would even reach Barkley in this situation and why Barkley should take this time to inform Paul how this situation will develop when Paul has so much information. Well, everything.
Barkley is one of the league's most pervasive voices, and probably has the largest platform of any NBA expert, so it's likely that Adam Silver and the league offices are unlikely to implicate any form of collusion or accusation. "Fix "as he puts it. It would be objectively funny if Barkley's comments lead him to explain why he says so. (It's almost certainly not, but still)
It's all fun and games until someone finds a (different) manipulation investigation, something that Magic Johnson knows very well.
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