As the Anthony Davis trade saga continues, things are starting to look more and more positive for the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis requested to be traded to the Lakers at the trade deadline last season but those talks ultimately didn’t lead to a deal, but now the Lakers appear to have a solid chance at finally landing James a superstar running mate.
It certainly helps that Davis wants to be a Laker. In a recent piece by Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price, Davis’ agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports (also James’ agent) shared that he informed the Boston Celtics that if they trade for Davis he will leave when he hits free agency in 2020.
This is big for the Lakers as this would likely stop the Celtics from putting forth their best offer for Davis and take them out of the running. On this episode of the LN News Feed, host Trevor Lane takes a look at what this means for the Lakers’ offer and how it can help them land Davis in purple and gold.
Additionally, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the Lakers are not the frontrunner for any of the major free agents this summer. While that is concerning, it begs the question of how that might change if the Lakers land Davis. Does this provide more incentive for Los Angeles to go all-in as they pursue a deal?
Even if they do swing a trade for Davis, there is the potential that the Lakers could still have enough cap room available to pursue max-level free agents. They are rumored to be linked to Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant, but are these the pieces they should be targeting?