Charles Barkley wants NBA to block potential trade sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers

Charles Barkley does not want Anthony Davis to go to the Los Angeles Lakers.

And should that trade go down, he wants NBA commissioner Adam Silver to block it.

Barkley went off on the topic while on “Inside the NBA” on Thursday, and claimed that there is “collusion” involved to create a super team in Los Angeles.

“Adam Silver needs to block that trade,” Barkley said on Thursday. “I don’t like what the Lakers are doing. I don’t think it’s right.

“Rich Paul got mad at me because I said a month ago, I said, ‘Oh the fix is in. Anthony Davis is going to the Lakers.’ This was before all these rumors started. He didn’t like me saying the fix was in. The fix has been in.

“I think commissioner Stern, who I like a lot, needs to come out and say, hey we can trade Anthony Davis, but he cannot go to the Lakers. We cannot have agents and players colluding to stack super teams.”

Barkley clearly mixed up his commissioners there — and likely means tampering instead of collusion — his point is still valid.

Davis has been linked to the Lakers for months. His agent, Rich Paul, is also LeBron James’ agent, and James said in December that he’d love to play with Davis — something that naturally sparked tampering concerns.

Once Davis publicly requested a trade this week, he was fined $50,000 for violating the collective bargaining agreement — which only escalated those concerns.

While neither Davis nor his agent have explicitly said so, all signs are pointing to Davis wanting to play with James in Los Angeles.

Regardless of Barkley’s opinions, however, it would likely take a lot more evidence for Silver to actually step in and block that trade if it does in fact go down. In order for the league to actually prevent a trade, it would have to prove that there was a violation of its rules.

Until then, it seems we’re in for an exciting final week before the trade deadline.

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Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan through the years
CHICAGO - 1988: The Eastern Conference All-Star team (top row, l to r) Mike Fratello, Brian Hill, Brendan Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Charles Barkley, Brad Daughtery, Kevin McHale, Patrick Ewing, Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, Don Chaney. (seated l to r) Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, and Larry Bird poses for a team photo during the 1988 NBA All-Star Weekend at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 1988 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - 1992: (L-R) Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan and David Robinson of the United States National Team take a rest on the sideline during practice in the1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1992: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, Agent David Falk and Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers pose for a photo in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER:User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 9: Charles Barkley #32 and Michael Jordan #23 look on during the 1992 NBA All-Star Game at Orlando Arena on February 9, 1992 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Jon Soohoo/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JUNE 13: Charles Barkley #34 of the Phoenix Suns and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls during Game Three of the 1993 NBA Championsip Finals at Chicago Stadium on June 13, 1993 in Chicago, Illinois. The Suns won 129-121 in triple overtime, making the Series 1-2 in favor of the Bulls. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JUNE 18: Charles Barkely #34 of the Phoenix Suns chats with Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the 1993 NBA Finals on June 18, 1993 at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The Suns won 108-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - OCTOBER 30: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, far left, and Charles Barkley #34 of the Phoenix Suns, far right, talk during a break in an NBA game on October 30, 1994 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 28: Phoenix Suns forward Charles Barkley (34) laughs at a foul call with Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan (23) in the first half 28 January 1996 at the United Center in Chicago. The Bulls won 93-82. Jordan scored 31 points, and Barkley scored 20 with 16 rebounds. (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)
Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan (R), of the East All-Stars and Phoenix Suns forward Charles Barkley, of the West All-Stars, embrace before the start of the NBA All-Star game in San Antonio, Texas February 11
Michael Jordan & Charles Barkley during Michael Jordan Celebrity Golf Invitational at Ocean Club Golf Course in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Basketball stars Michael Jordan (L) and Charles Barkley wait to tee off from the 14th tee during the Pro-Am match of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in La Quinta, January 20. Jordan retired from basketball last week after six championships with the Chicago Bulls. SSM/SV/WS
Members of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team" pose for a photograph after that team was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts August 13, 2010. The players are: (front row L-R) John Stockton, Clyde Drexler, Chris Mullen; (middle row L-R) Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone; (back row L-R) Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Christian Laettner. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
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