After months of speculation and negotiations, the Lakers and the Pelicans finally worked out a deal over the weekend that would send the disgruntled Anthony Davis to Los Angeles for a package that included Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart in addition to the fourth pick in this year’s NBA draft.
While the Lakers had high hopes coming into the season after acquiring LeBron James last summer, they failed to live up to expectations thanks to an underwhelming supporting cast in addition to an injury James had to deal with over the course of the year.
Now, LeBron will have a fellow superstar at his side coming into next year’s campaign, and as a result, the Lakers are currently 3/1 favorites to take home a championship, which doesn’t seem like the worst wager in the world when you consider they’re on the hunt for another big name (although they might not be able to land one due to salary cap issues).
If you want to put things in perspective, the Lakers’ chances of a championship were listed at 20/1 back in May.
As of last week, those odds had been adjusted to 5/1 as rumors of the Davis deal began to swirl and there was at least one bettor who was confident enough to wager $10,000 on them taking home the title.
That normally wouldn’t be much of a story but things got a bit juicier after Darren Rovell revealed the bet in question was placed shortly before Adrian Wojnarowski pulled a Funkmaster Flex and dropped one of his famous bombs.
According to Rovell’s report, the manager at the sportsbook where the bet was placed thinks inside information was involved, saying, “I’m sure it was with knowledge, but that’s why we have liability limits in place” (the liability cap in question was set at $50,000).
With that said, there’s no law that says you can get Martha Stewarted for using inside info to place a bet. However, only time will tell if it was a good one.