NEW YORK – Days Before Anthony Davis and New Orleans Pelicans are set to visit Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season on Friday, LeBron James thought openly about what had Davis permanently living with him in purple and gold on Staples The center would be.
“It would be great,” James told ESPN Tuesday before Laker’s game against Brooklyn Nets. “It would be great, like Duh. That would be incredible.”
Davis, 25, is an average of 28 points, 12.4 returns, 4.7 helps, 2.8 blocks and 1.7 steals per game for a pelicanslag below .500, at 15-16, putting them 12th at the West Conference with more than a third of the season in the books.
Anthony Davis played for Team LeBron in the 2018 All Star Game. Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images
Davis is under contract with New Orleans for $ 27.1 million next season and has a player option for 2020-21 to $ 28.8 million, meaning that the Lakers should have to change for the five-time All-Star they will want to acquire him before becoming a freelance.
Adding intrigue to the situation is the fact that the Davis and Wasserman Agency shared roads during the summer and opened the door for him to sign with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports in September to represent him. Paul is obviously also James’s agent.
James had Davis after himself seeing ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski about Laker’s trade priorities in a segment that broadcast on Tuesday’s SportsCenter.
“They will not give away picks and their best young players in any deal that will make them incrementally better this season because they have to save all these assets to Anthony Davis, a big deal this summer before or after free agency, says Wojnarowski. “That’s why they’ve looked at players who are on one-year offers that have no money ahead.”
LA made several requests to Phoenix Suns hoping to acquire veteran forward Trevor Ariza, but Sun’s elected to Handle Ariza to Washington after the guides had a young asset in Kelly Oubre Jr. while the Lakers kept their young core by Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart out of bounds to discuss a potential deal.
Just to The Lakers would put a combination of the young players on the table because Davis does not mean that New Orleans would be willing to trade.
“If you can shop him for someone then is he the most valuable guy in the league. Not what we would ever consider, “said Pelikan coach Alvin Gentry in October.” There’s no one in the league we’d buy him for, and there’s no outside league – not even Beyonce. If we do not trade him for him, he’s probably incredible. “
Not to mention, Davis has a financial incentive to stay with the pelicans
He is entitled to a supermax extension this summer worth $ 239 million over five years if he chooses to stay at New Orleans. Should he trade and ride out the rest of his guaranteed deal, his new team – like the Lakers or Boston Celtics – who also fools in the Davis competitions with commercial assets at large – can sign him for a five-year, $ 205 million extension in the summer of 2020. Or if he simply waits his last year with the pelicans and test unlimited free agency in the summer of 2020, the most he could write with a new team of cap space would be for four years, $ 152 million .
After the Lakers failed to pair James with a superstar in the summer of 2018, despite opening the paycheck to do so, landing a big fish like Davis would make a team The realistic championship site, even as James, who gets 34 later in the month, continues to age.
Swinging big has been Lakers MO since General Manager Rob Pelinka, and team president Magic Johnson was turned to power in 2017. Although it led to James arrival, it has also gotten in trouble. Twice in the last two years, the Lakers have been fined for manipulation – for $ 500,000 after a league investigation caused incorrect contact between Pelinka and Paul George’s agent; and $ 50,000 due to comments made by Johnson about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
However, players can not be penalized to talk about another player under contract – or talk to another player under contract – hoping to play together one day. James and Davis have already joined the Staples Center in the All Star Game in February, with James, the captain of the East Squad, who elaborated the great man in his team.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks contributed to this report.