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Smith: NBA keeps failing its small-market teams

Anthony Davis' plan to depart New Orleans ASAP – reported Monday morning by ESPN – is just another punch in the face to the NBA's small-market teams, which can draft major stars but clearly can't keep them.

The unquestionable losers are all the sincere paying fans, who've watched everyone from Carmelo Anthony and Kawhi Leonard to Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Durant and The King coldly depart their original teams in the pursuit of brighter lights, flashy things ... and less money.

More small-market chaos and less belief than ever that the Pelicans, Magic, Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers, etc., actually have a shot to win a world championship.

Oh yeah: Golden State also formed a superpower, stealing Durant from tiny OKC (which was stolen away from Seattle).

He gave the Pelicans a major, marketable, community-friendly star after Chris Paul flew away to Los Angeles (before becoming a Rocket).

He developed into the best young big man in the league, becoming a five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, propelling his team to 48-34 a season ago and giving superteam Golden State an impressive fight in the second round of the playoffs.

READ MORE (Houston Chronicle)

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  • Juan's World: Anthony Davis trade should be no surpriseFOX 8 Live WVUE
  • RUMOR: Potential Heat deal for Anthony Davis would mirror 2004 trade for ...ClutchPoints
  • Do the Nets have a shot at trading for Anthony Davis?NetsDaily
  • ESPN's Brian Windhorst Names Surprise Contender For Anthony DavisThe Spun (blog)
  • New Orleans Sports Are Officially Cursed12up
  • NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks 'To Be Aggressive' for Anthony Davis, Could Deal PickBleacher Report

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