I am writing this article from a Lakers perspective because I am a fan and they seem to be one of the favorites to land Davis. Rumors have been swirling that it would take two of the Lakers young stars and maybe even two first round picks.
It is quite obvious that Davis wants out of New Orleans. “I gave the city, organization, fans everything I feel like I could,” said Davis, who turns 26 in a little over a month. “I don’t know how long I’m going to play this game. People’s careers are short and I feel like it’s my time to move on.” So the idea that the Lakers would be giving up a ton of young talent for an old player past his prime, is far from reality. Davis is still in his prime and you could argue that he has yet to reach his prime at only 25 years old.
in the Lakers first offer to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, LA offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley and a first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 2, 2019
So the first deal seemed to be declined by the Pelicans but they are still interested in trading with the Lakers it seems. The Lakers also seem to be the team that New Orleans can get the most in return for Davis. Supposedly Davis would only stay for more than one year with the Lakers too. That would obviously impact the value other teams are willing to give up.
Anthony Davis’ plan is to to treat any trade destination as a one-year stop, unless it’s the Lakers, sources tell @wojespn and @ZachLowe_NBA. He would plan to move to the Lakers as a free agent in 2020. pic.twitter.com/J5op3BI9GV
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 31, 2019
If you’re the Lakers, you really don’t want to give up more than two of the four young stars they have: Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac. You could also put Josh Hart in that on a smaller level. I have little to no problem with giving up two first round picks personally. But to give up two of those players is a lot. However, most of these players’ talents are base on potential and we’ve already seen that Anthony Davis is one of the best power fowards/centers in the game. To me you have to keep one of the Kuzma/Ingram combination because they both have elite scoring potential and the NBA is an offensive driven league. Ball has yet to develop his shot and Zubac is looking pretty solid but to me you have to keep one of the two shooters.
So Ball, Kuzma, and two first round picks is a fair trade from a Lakers perspective. The Pelicans should maybe want a little more though. I think a trade will happen either this week or in the offseason.
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