It’s no secret since Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN dropped a bombshell on Monday, that Anthony Davis would not sign an extension with the Pelicans and has requested a trade, that the Lakers would somehow have ties in all this. Ever since Davis signed with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports there were already speculation that Davis could potentially team up with LeBron in Los Angeles.
Fast forward to today, and it’s been the story of the week. There have been rumors that the Lakers would have to give up a majority of their young pieces such as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and some draft picks. It’s no shock since New Orleans would practically ask for the house when it comes to Anthony Davis. But currently, the Pelicans have all the leverage. They really don’t have to trade Davis at the trade deadline. With the trade deadline only being 8 days away, trying to make a blockbuster deal this enormous is difficult to do, especially since the Lakers have to see if the Pelicans even want to consider a deal with them. Is it impossible? No, but the odds get slimmer by the day. The pressure will be on the Lakers front office to offer them a show-stopper deal. Why is that? Well, if the Pelicans decide to hold off until summer to do something with Davis, that opens up competition from other teams to acquire Davis’ services. Even if it’s just a ‘rental’ per say, some teams could be willing to risk that to make a deep playoff run next season. It also means that other teams could change a players mind if they’re good enough to compete for a championship. Although Davis is one of those generational talents, there are other free agents available this summer such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to name a few. In the NBA, nothing is guaranteed and that puts some pressure on the Lakers front office to acquire someone to pair with LeBron.
If for some reason, nothing gets done it doesn’t mean that the Lakers front office has failed. Again, they have till this summer to make something happen. They also still have a talented young core, who before James’ injury, were in the 4th spot in a tough Western Conference. There really is no panic meter when it comes to Anthony Davis. If he wants to end up in Los Angeles, that may very well happen down the road. As of now, trying to acquire Davis could be unlikely, unless the Lakers miraculously pull off something tremendous. We’ll have to wait and see until the trade deadline passes. The young Lakers kids deserve a fair shot, but at the end of the day the NBA is all about business.