LeBron James welcomes Anthony Davis by giving him No. 23, report says

Davis has worn No. 23 during his entire seven-year career, while James has worn it with the Cavaliers and his first season with the Lakers.

Published : Jun 28, 2019 03:02 IST

LeBron James has worn the No. 23 for the majority of his career, but that won't be the case next season.

The Lakers star is giving Anthony Davis the number to make him feel more welcome and comfortable, Yahoo Sports reported, citing league sources.

Davis, 26, has worn the number during his entire seven-year career, all with the Pelicans.

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James, 34, donned 23 while with the Cavaliers and in his first season with the Lakers, but wore No. 6 during his time with the Heat.

There's no indication as to which number James will go with next, but Nos. 8, 13, 22, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 42, 44 and 52 have all been retired by the Lakers.

James' gift to Davis comes right after the news that the Lakers traded Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones, along with their 2022 second-round pick, to the Wizards as part of the Davis deal to clear cap space.

On top of that, Davis declined his $4 million trade kicker, leaving $32 million in cap space and giving the Lakers an opportunity to sign another player to a max deal.

The Pelicans traded Davis to the Lakers on June 15 in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, but the deal isn't official until July 6.

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