As the Lakers want to be a perennial championship contender, Davis would give them a legitimate opportunity to win for the next decade. However, since Davis has two years remaining on his five-year, $145 million deal, he is focused on the Pelicans — who are currently 15-18 and 13th in the Western Conference.
Prior to Davis’ first matchup against the Lakers during the 2018-19 NBA season, LeBron James called the idea of playing with him ‘amazing.’ Since then, small market general managers believe James violated the league’s anti-tampering rule.
After James doubled down on his comments following the 112-104 win, he and Davis met for a postgame dinner, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
With the Pelicans staying overnight before traveling to Sacramento, James and Davis met up for a postgame dinner in Los Angeles, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Armed with a young core and $38 million in cap space, the Lakers have numerous options to improve their roster via trade or free agency. While the Pelicans are determined to keep Davis, things can quickly change if he eventually demands a trade leading up to the Feb. deadline.
Originally the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis has not had much team success in his career. As the 25-year-old enters the prime years of his career, he understands the importance of winning and how it will ultimately shape his legacy.
As Davis changed agents prior to the 2018-19 NBA season and now shares the same one with James, it will be interesting to see what ultimately happens. If the Lakers are able to trade for Davis, they will be a major threat to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.