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Most players would love for the team to trade for a talent like New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, and count the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James among them.
“That would be amazing, like, duh,” James told ESPN. “That would be incredible.”
James and the visiting Lakers fell to the red-hot Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, and as Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports wrote, LeBron may be dropping hints that he wants another proven star.
But landing Davis won’t be easy unless he demands a trade.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Pelicans are indeed looking to make deals — but those deals would be centered around finding help for Davis.
They have remained firm in their stance that they won’t trade Davis this season, as they run no risk of losing him. He is under contract for all of this year and next.
And Davis has reportedly told them and those close to him that his priority is to remain with the Pelicans. It seems he currently has no desire to leave.
Now, of course, things can change. If he starts to get frustrated, and the Pelicans are unable to find real help, Davis’ may start thinking differently. He is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, the same agency that represents James.
But league insiders insist the Pelicans aren’t worried about or focused on any of that.
“If Davis felt the same way James did and wants to be a Laker, his best move would be to ask for a trade now before the Boston Celtics are allowed to get into the bidding,” Windhorst wrote. “The Celtics, with a possible four first-round picks in the 2019 draft plus a bevy of young prospects, have a serious interest in trading for Davis if he ever becomes available.”
If the Pelicans ever did consider a deal, you can be sure it would be centered on the Lakers’ young core of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.
For now, though, it appears James and the Lakers are out of luck. And as Windhorst and others suggest, if the Pelicans were to ever begin making Davis available, there are no guarantees that the Lakers could offer the best package.