LeBron James will not give his number 23 to his new teammate Anthony Davis.
The planned jersey swap for the 2019-20 season was postponed due to potential production and financial problems with Nike. A source told Dave McMenamin of ESPN and confirmed a report by Yahoo Sports.
James wore number 23 during his two stays with the Cleveland Cavaliers and last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. It's also the number Davis wore during his seven seasons at the New Orleans Pelicans.
After the Lakers had agreed to a blockbuster trade for Davis last month, James confirmed on social media that he would return No. 6 – which he teamed with Team USA at the Olympics and at the Miami Heat wore ̵
According to Yahoo report, James said that was why he decided to postpone the shirt change because the site had been considering fans who had already bought his # 23 and wished not to distract the situation. From Friday, James had yet to make an official application for the season 2020-21 to move from 23rd place to 6th, said a league source McMenamin. James has until 15 March 2020 to do so.
Davis posted on Friday night on Instagram that he would wear his # 3 elementary school.
The Lakers will introduce Davis during a press conference on Saturday in El Segundo, California. James is expected to participate.