LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has come out in support of Anthony Davis requesting a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 18-time all-star said his former team have to consider the direction they want the franchise to go in before making a decision on Davis.

In an interview with ESPN, Kobe Bryant and fellow legend Tracy McGrady talked about Davis’ right to seek out success, even if that means changing teams.

Bryant said:

He’s got the right to do what the hell he wants to do. Teams have the rights to trade players.  Players should have the right to voice their opinion.

Bryant urged the Lakers to make a decision about whether to go for broke by trading their young assets for Davis.

He added:

It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish – what your long-term objectives are. By signing Lebron, you’re making the indication that you want to win now.

The Lakers reportedly offered four players – Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac – as well as a series of draft picks in return for the in-demand Davis.

However, the Pelicans have held firm, despite the gargantuan offer from Los Angeles.

With Lebron James’ return from injury, the Lakers will be looking to climb into the upper echelons of the Western Conference to avoid an early round playoff match-up against the likes of the Golden State Warriors.

Despite being in fourth place when Lebron picked up an injury, a 6-11 record without the star man meant the Lakers slipped outside the playoff positions.