The Anthony Davis story has been (rightfully) buried by the NBA playoffs since they started earlier this week. As the first round continues to play out, the narrative has shifted to the NBA Championship more so than the status of Davis this summer.
He will be traded, but the question remains about which team will acquire him. The Knicks, Celtics, and Lakers are the teams expected to make the biggest push. In regards to the latter, they have a real shot at him, too, since the hire of David Griffin as Executive VP of Basketball Operations in New Orleans.
To secure Davis, though, the Lakers cannot afford to play games. They will have to give up some of their best assets right away to gain any kind of edge in the sweepstakes.
“Because the Lakers are using cap space as a buffer, their room would be reduced from $36 million to $21 million. Despite the eliminated max slot, the Lakers roster would consist of James, Davis, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and $27 million in room to build out the roster in free agency. That cap space would only increase to $30 million if James and Davis are all that’s left on the team.”
An offer of Kyle Kuzma, point guard Lonzo Ball, their 2019 first-round draft pick, and their 2021 unprotected first-round draft pick will certainly draw some ears, even with the recent concerns surrounding both Kuzma and Lonzo.
If the Celtics lose Kyrie, they might be hesitant to offer young star Jayson Tatum in a deal, which would make that offer more intriguing to New Orleans.
The team's animosity towards the Lakers is till highly documented and it remains to be seen whether David Griffin would be enough to give L.A. a fair chance come this summer. Nonetheless, Jeanie and the team certainly have enough to compete.
Despite their previous failure, do not eliminate them from the Davis sweepstales just yet.