"I just want to go to a team that wins", said Davis, while adding that he won't sign an extension with any team until he reaches free agency in 2020.
But Saturday, when asked about the Celtics and why they were not on his list, Davis changed course.
Giannis Antetokounmpo - the first-time captain - led everybody with 38 points on 17 for 23 shooting for the club he drafted. On Friday night in Charlotte, though, Wade caught a glimpse of what his long-term National Basketball Association future might look like while watching former teammate Ray Allen compete in the All-Star Celebrity Game. Davis distanced himself from Demps's dismissal - "I didn't know anything about that" - and failed to offer much in the way of well wishes for his longtime boss. These teams, in theory, would be willing to give the Pelicans the most in a trade, with the knowledge that Davis wouldn't just be a one-year rental. "It doesn't matter about big market, small market".
After Sunday night's third quarter, players from both teams gathered on the court to honor Nowitzki and fellow "special roster addition" Dwyane Wade of Miami, who were given framed commemorative All-Star jerseys.
Giannis threw everything he had at the game but couldn't stop the momentum Team LeBron produced as they stormed to the win.
"I know we all saw the way the game was previous year, and we're going to try to top it", James said.
"Considering how many people show up for our games", Stephen said, "the stakes are high". "I never said they weren't on my list".
One of the teams that were on the reported list of Davis' teams is the New York Knicks, and he explained why he would be interested in playing for the team despite its lowly 11-47 record. "The way he's so crafty, his ball-handling, his shot-making ability. Definitely one of those guys that gets overlooked".
Oklahoma City's Hamidou Diallo ran away with the Dunk Contest on Saturday night, and it was in part thanks to the coaching he received from Chuck Millan of Team Flight Brothers, who helped Diallo design his dunks.