The Los Angeles Lakers keep reluctant to quit on their desire to trade for Anthony Davis, even though that means giving in a huge piece of their roster; a couple of months after the deadline Davis hasn’t changed his mind, either, as the Brow is keen to leave the Pelicans.
We have seen all kind of takes on this matter from analysts and experts, but recently we learned what the Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox had to say on this subject, pretty much confirming what everybody thinks about Los Angeles and their ‘obsession’ with AD. Fox has taken his Kings to be one of the best young teams in the Western Conference and he’s expected to relive that huge rivalry Lakers and Kings had during the 2000s.
That being said, there won’t be better players to spoke out about this than Fox himself, who knows the team very good and has some sort of rivalry with Lonzo Ball. During his appearance on Fox Sports 1’s ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed', Fox didn’t hesitate to take a stand on what the Lakers should do with Davis.
“I know you want to do all the trading and all that, but I don’t know if I would trade the guys that they have. I wouldn’t personally. Now if I was New Orleans, I would have [done] it a long time ago. I was born in New Orleans. I didn’t grow up a Hornets fa
n because they were the Hornets when I was there. I would have pulled the trigger so quick.”
He just said what everybody except the Lakers is thinking right now, you can't give up that much in a trade even if you’re getting a huge star like Anthony Davis in return. The trade in question involved Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma in exchange for Davis, as well as other pieces like Ivica Zubac or future draft picks.
Zubac, however, went to the Clippers via trade alongside Michael Beasley, becoming an important agent for Doc Rivers’ team, even playing in the postseason. He wasn’t even considered an important piece in L.A. and he went to another team to become relevant, imagine what would happen if players like Ball, Kuzma or Ingram leave the organization to lift New Orleans while Los Angeles keep with their mediocre moment.
Plenty of things have changed since the NBA trade deadline, but the Lakers still want to land Davis and he still wants to leave New Orleans. Perhaps this move will be carried out in the offseason, but the costs can be huge for the Californians.