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Anthony Davis and the Pelicans are tearing through the Western Conference right now. Sure, it's still early, but AD is good enough to make the Pelicans a serious playoff team come this spring.

That's why the Lakers are hoping to bring that superstar to Los Angeles.

And, from one NBA inside source, that's a possibility we can't ignore, as told in a story by Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register.

Nevertheless, the Lakers are considered the early favorite with Davis seeming to lean toward teaming up with LeBron James.

A.D. just fired his old agent, Thad Foucher, to go with Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul, a James insider known as one of the “Four Horsemen” – they now prefer the corporate name of LRMR – with Maverick Carter, Randy Mims and LeBron, himself.

Davis supposedly changed agents for marketing reasons, but no one is buying that.

Paul George, who forced Indiana to trade him a year before his contract expired, is the most recent example of stars maneuvering early to preserve their status as “Lary Bird players,” remaining eligible for maximum dollars.

Insiders think that’s what Davis is doing, with the move to Klutch Sports all about the possibility of going to the Lakers.

“Why else did he do it?” an East GM asked.

“Things are going great for him. The team is going good. He got the Derrick Rose extension (a five-year $150 million deal that each team is allowed to offer one player on his rookie contract).

“It’s not because of race. Thad Foucher is an Afro-American. It’s not because of agency. Thad Foucher is from the Wasserman Group and has Russell Westbrook. So why did he do it?”

We’ll see when the time comes, whether that’s next summer – meaning this is on – or 2020.

It's all a game of chess at this point, with teams and players vying for their most favorable options.

Anthony Davis is probably the biggest domino yet to fall, and once he does decide where his future is, it'll shake up things in a big way. Obviously, the Lakers hope that they'll be the ones doing the shaking.