(via USA Today)

Months after February’s trade deadline, the Lakers intend to pick up right where they left off. Last we heard, they were prepared to offer the farm for Anthony Davis, even before the Celtics entered the picture.

This summer, not much will change in that regard, and the Lakers will continue their push for A.D., especially if they strike out on other free-agents.

(Dan Favale of Bleacher Report)

“The Lakers’ top offer for Anthony Davis hasn’t changed for the better since February. With Brandon Ingram recovering from deep venous thrombosis and Lonzo Ball working his way back from a left ankle injury, it actually looks worse. Maybe David Griffin views Los Angeles’ asset chest in rosier terms than New Orleans’ previous regime. Ingram specifically has underrated star quality. He is consistently disruptive on defense and was piling up buckets at a tantalizing clip in the weeks leading up to what became a season-ending absence.”

Unfortunately, none one of the trio did anything to really help their trade value in the final weeks. But Jayson Tatum’s postseason shooting slump may have given L.A. an opportunity.

If Tatum does not show he is the star the Pelicans thought he was, they might be more open to striking a deal with someone else.

And say what you want about the Lakers, but it will be hard to find a deal equal to theirs, even if it is flawed.