Despite all the embarassing dysfuntion going on in Los Angeles, one can’t help but sense they might be on the verge of something big.
From the beginning, signing a top tier star long-term was always a stretch — even before the drama hit its climax. Their best-bet for redemption remains on the trade market. Anthony Davis, specifically, is the key.
According to Ian Begley, the Lakers are making progress toward completing an Anthony Davis trade involving a third team.
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 12, 2019
Essentially, only the Lakers really have the leverage and pieces needed to complete a deal. As much as the Pelicans might like Jayson Tatum, it is unlikely the Celtics risk trading for another star that might end up leaving in a year.
L.A.’s chances rest on what a third team is willing to give up. If they can meet New Orleans’ demands, it is likely a done deal.
Davis’ push coupled with the arrival of David Griffin seems to have given Lakers a better chance at landing AD. We will see what other moves they can muster this summer.