Anthony Davis says LeBron James sent him an ecstatic text message about 'finally' getting him to the Lakers within 10 minutes of the trade

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LeBron James was excited to get Anthony Davis on the Lakers.

  • Anthony Davis said LeBron James sent him an excited text message within 10-15 minutes of being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • James offered to give Davis his No. 23 jersey, but the idea was shot down by Nike.
  • Watch Davis' interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" below.
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When Anthony Davis was finally traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers, it didn't take long for him to hear from LeBron James.

Appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Davis said he received a text message from James within 10-15 minutes.
"[James sent a] long text: 'Yeah, bro! We finally got you now!'" Davis said, recalling the text. "He was excited. That was a good feeling just to have someone like that be one of the first people to text me."

Rumors of Davis going to the Lakers had been widespread for months before the deal finally went through. When Davis requested a trade from the Pelicans, he was immediately linked to the Lakers. Davis and James share an agent in Rich Paul. Prior to Davis' trade request, James had told ESPN that he would love to play with Davis.

On the day of the trade, James posted an Instagram of the two stars in Lakers jerseys.

James was so excited to have Davis as a teammate that he even offered him his No. 23 jersey. However, the swap was shot down by Nike, which had begun an advertising campaign around James in his usual 23 jersey. Davis revealed he instead went on NBA 2K to choose his new jersey number.

Read more:Anthony Davis used 'NBA 2K19' to decide on his new number after Nike told him he couldn't take No. 23 from LeBronWatch the interview below: