Word is getting around that the Lakers are positioning themselves to make a run at Anthony Davis.
Last week ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the team was holding onto all of their young players to trade for Davis in the summer of 2019.
Here’s the line they have to walk: they’re not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre or post free agency,”.
After the Lakers loss to the Nets on Tuesday, LeBron was asked about Davis potentially joining the Lakers and he seemed pretty into the idea.
Ahead of Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season on Friday, LeBron James openly pondered what having the All-Star forward alongside him in purple and gold at Staples Center would be like.
“That would be amazing,” James told ESPN on Tuesday before the Lakers’ 115-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, referring to the Lakers landing Davis through a trade. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”
Davis, who doesn’t become a free agent until 2020 and is eligible to sign a super-max extension with the Pelicans this summer, tried to downplay LeBron’s comments about him while speaking to the media.
“I don’t really care,” Davis bluntly informed ESPN when he was asked about Bron’s comments. “Obviously, it’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me. But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15-17, that means I’m not doing my job.”
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry attempted to put the rumors to rest by saying that the team would never trade Davis ‘no matter what’.
Ultimately Davis would be able to put pressure on the Pelicans to trade him this summer if he doesn’t sign an extension but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.