The dominoes are starting to fall, and the NBA looks like it might have another superteam in the works.
With LeBron James, the Lakers are already a pretty attractive team to perspective free-agents. With Magic Johnson running things, and with a lot of pieces to move around, their ability to adjust to stars will help them in their search for another big name talent.
Thing is, bringing in one name may help lure in another. For the Lakers, it means that trade for Anthony Davis (who recently made his trade request public) may bring in another star, namely Golden State's Klay Thompson, who is set to become a free agent in July.
(via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski)
“The best-case scenario for the Lakers is that they add Anthony Davis and then Golden State doesn’t offer Klay Thompson a max contract. They try to get Klay to take a little bit less than the max. And if that happens, I’m told Klay’s attention will be on the Lakers if they have Anthony Davis.”
It's an exciting time for Lakers fans, but the scenario needs a few things to play out before it can become a reality. For one, the Warriors would have to offer Klay less than the max. And, although the Warriors are intent on keeping Klay, the amount of money they'll be forking over to Durant, Steph, and Draymond really puts into question how much they are willing to spend on Klay.
Secondly, as revealed by the Pelicans public response to Davis' request, a trade for the star will not happen until after the season, meaning Klay might not know the status of that move until after his free-agency begins.
This is all assuming the Lakers can clear some more money off their cap, too. They'll have to work a few more moves to offer Thompson a full max contract.
Bearing these things in mind, it will take some circumstance to get Thompson to L.A. Nonetheless, it's a crazy possibility that none of us thought was possible until recently. With Klay, Davis, and LeBron (a near perfect fit), the team would be nearly unstoppable.
Magic Johnson could finally call his tenure in L.A. a success.