In the epic and seemingly neverending chase for Anthony Davis has picked up steam again, and this time the Lakers are leading the headlines for the right reasons.
The Lakers are leading the charge for AD and, according to Marc Stein, have offered the expected package of players.
The Lakers have made Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and the No. 4 Overall Pick available in trade talks for Anthony Davis, per @TheSteinLine.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 12, 2019
Boston is also engaging in talks as well, apparently unphased by Rich Paul’s earlier comments.
To be clear, of course: The Celtics and Lakers are trying to negotiate independent deals with New Orleans for Anthony Davis. There’s no spirit of cooperation here. The Lakers No. 4 pick would be used to acquire Davis in a multi-team deal that does NOT include Boston. https://t.co/C9NwYJiObX
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 12, 2019
What is more surprising though is the player that the Lakers are trying to hold on to — former University of Utah star Kyle Kuzma.
One player that the Lakers’ trade discussions with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis could hinge on? Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers do not want to trade him, but the Pelicans want him as part of a package, sources tell me and @BA_Turner.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) June 12, 2019
Apparently, the Lakers remain reluctant to trade Kuzma in the Davis deal. He was on the table during talks between the teams before February’s trade deadline.
Thus, for Davis and the Lakers, everything hinges on Kuzma. If L.A. can let him go, there is little doubt a deal will get done. If they want to get LeBron James some help, this is what it will take. But we have seen the Lakers do some wacky things in the past, and do not be surprised if they whiff on this second chance.