When LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, some wondered how long it would take before he demanded a trade for an All-Star.
So far, James has seemed content with the young core the Lakers have assembled. Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart have all shown flashes of the players they can be and all seem to have some chemistry with James on the court.
However, Los Angeles has also clearly prioritized acquiring a second All-Star in 2019 free agency. Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley were all signed to one-year deals and the Lakers have been unwilling to take on any long-term salary in any potential deals.
“That would be amazing,” James told ESPN on Tuesday before the Lakers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”
Davis, who has two years remaining on his five-year, $145 million deal, has been the subject of trade rumors given the New Orleans Pelicans’ struggles. The 25-year-old has come out and said he is focused on winning with the Pelicans, but teams around the league are waiting to pounce if decides to demand a trade.
While the Pelicans can offer a max-contract extension thanks to a new provision in the CBA, the Lakers potentially have an inside advantage through Davis’ representation. He signed with James’ agent Rich Paul in the offseason, a sign that the two players could possibly be plotting to team up together.
Should an opportunity to trade for Davis materialize, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka would be wise to throw all the assets they have to try and acquire him. It will be interesting to see what happens when the offseason rolls around.