With the 2018-19 NBA trade deadline approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to trade for Anthony Davis following his request to the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Davis and agent Rich Paul did not provide the Pelicans a list of potential destinations, the Lakers are reportedly his preferred destination. As the Boston Celtics are viewed as the team with the most assets come July 1, this gives the Lakers until Feb. 7 to hopefully complete a trade.
With general manager Dell Demps reportedly answering all calls outside of general manager Rob Pelinka, progress has finally been made. President of basketball operations Magic Johnson spoke with Demps and presented five different scenarios for Davis.
Sources: Lakers let Demps know one of trade scenarios would include Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, No. 1 pick, per source.
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After five seasons of rebuilding through the NBA Draft, it would be difficult to trade the young core outside of Josh Hart. While each of them has shown potential, Davis is only 25-years-old himself and is viewed as the next best player in the league following LeBron James.
For Johnson and Pelinka, they have decided to go all in on Davis after not trading for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. While it would be ideal to sign a second All-Star player and keep the young core, Davis ultimately fulfills their vision of having sustainable success.
If the Lakers are successful, James and Davis should be able to compete for championships for at least the next 3.5 seasons. Although Year 1 together may be challenging due to a lack of depth, Los Angeles will be a free agency destination with Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson reportedly interested in signing with the Lakers.