Anthony Davis Doesn't Rule Out Playing in Chicago: 'It's a Possibility'

Publish date:

Lakers big man Anthony Davis still is not ruling out the possibility of playing in his hometown of Chicago during his NBA career.

Davis and the Lakers will play the Bulls for the first time this season on Tuesday night at the United Center. On Monday, he spoke to a group of young basketball players at a charity event at his alma mater, Perspectives Charter School. During a Q&A with the group, one of the athletes asked him, "If you get a chance to come home and play for the Bulls would you do it?"

"Honestly, it's nothing like playing at home," Davis answered. "I don't know. ...I mean, I am a free agent next year, but we'll see. It's a possibility."

Davis joined LeBron James and the Lakers in June after being traded from the Pelicans. He will become a free agent this summer but is expected to re-sign with Los Angeles. Despite the rumors, Davis first teased the idea of returning to Chicago in July.

"I mean, [this is] definitely hometown," he told the Chicago Tribune. "If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I'd definitely consider it."

Davis has previously called Chicago the "Mecca of basketball" and expressed that sentiment again on Monday after practice.

"I mean, it is. We've got the best basketball players ever," Davis said, per ESPN. "You look at the history with all the guys we've got that made the league and even the guys that didn't make the league. They say New York, but it's not even close."

Other notable Chicago natives in the league include Derrick Rose, Patrick Beverly and Jabari Parker.

The Lakers and Bulls face off on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.