LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers continue to be the main focus of the league as the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline quickly approaches on Feb. 7.
The team’s pursuit of Anthony Davis has been well-documented with both sides using the media to try and gain leverage. So far, New Orleans and Los Angeles have discussed several proposals, but there does not seem to be any traction on a potential trade.
Even if the Lakers do not make a trade for Davis, they still can improve the roster heading into the second half of the 2018-19 NBA season. President of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have been in the market for shooters given the lack of spacing.
In non-Anthony Davis news, Lakers continue to have a fondness for Trevor Ariza, should the Wizards make him available at the deadline.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 5, 2019
Ariza is the type of 3-and-D player the Lakers currently lack given his ability to knock down open three-pointers and defend both forward positions. The former Laker also makes sense from a salary cap perspective because his contract is set to expire after the season, thus preserving their $38 million in cap space.
So far, the Wizards have shown no inclination to trade the 33-year-old as they are still in the mix to make the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be interesting to see if the Lakers try to pursue him this time around or simply shift their focus to another shooter.