Alvin Gentry and the New Orleans Pelicans will face Anthony Davis for the first time on Wednesday.
"AD is a great kid. You’re not going to get me to say anything bad about AD," Gentry told USA TODAY Sports. "He wanted to be traded. He had the right to ask for it. That’s it. There’s nothing else there."
Davis expects to be booed upon his return.
"I have a lot of love for the city" because of both friends and family ties and community projects. "I had a great time. I think a lot of people there know that," Davis said. "The rest are fans of the Pelicans. I understand why they feel that way. But it’s all love on my end."