It is no secret at this point the Los Angeles Lakers are in the market for another All-Star player to pair with LeBron James via trade or free agency.
Even though the Lakers are firmly entrenched in the Western Conference playoff race, they are still evaluating whether or not there is another All-Star caliber player among Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball.
Anthony Davis has been a common name associated with Los Angeles given he and James share the same agent in Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. James recently stated it would be amazing to play with Davis, much to the discontent of executives around the league.
Now, it appears there are some who believe James is guilty of tampering, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
In the wake of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James publicly endorsing pursuit of a trade for Anthony Davis, several small-market general managers are privately expressing outrage over what they believe is the NBA’s unwillingness to enforce the league’s tampering rules.
This is a silly notion as James was simply answering a question about potentially partnering up with Davis as opposed to openly recruiting him. The 33-year-old has commented on players before, but there appears to be some paranoia given the Lakers are one of the few teams who can legitimately make a solid trade offer.
President of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have both been punished by the league for violating their anti-tampering rules, so they are already under the microscope. However, there is no hard evidence they have tried anything in regards to getting Davis to Los Angeles.
Davis’ future will be a constant topic of discussion all the way up until 2019 free agency. It will be interesting to see if the 25-year-old ends up donning the purple and gold in the near future.