It’s been no secret over these past few years that NBA stars like pairing with one another to win a ring. We have seen it with the Boston Celtics in 2007 when Danny Ainge acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in two separate deals. Star players have also linked via free agency, like the Miami Heat in 2010, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh teamed up with Dwyane Wade or Kevin Durant joining the very talented Golden State Warriors in the summer of 2016.
Now, the latest NBA star that could switch teams via trade as early as December, 15th is Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony Davis is widely regarded as a top 5-10 NBA player, the best center in the league, and one of the best two-way players in the league, who is averaging 26.9/12.4/4.9 on 50.2% from the field and 31.7% from three.
One might ask, why would the Pelicans trade away their Franchise Player who is only 25 years old because many think when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2020 that he will leave New Orleans for another team, possibly the Los Angels Lakers.
If the Lakers have a chance at signing him why would they not wait?
Easy answer: LeBron James.
This past summer, LeBron signed a four-year, 154 million dollar contract. This signing was HUGE for the Lakers because not only did they get the GOAT, but finally signed a big time free agent after years of striking out.
LeBron instantly puts them in contention for an NBA championship, but is he enough for them to win? Yes, but trading for Anthony Davis would boost those chances.
The Lakers currently sit at 16-10, 5th place in the Western Conference, and are only a game and half back of the Warriors for first place.
Trading for Anthony Davis gives the Lakers a chance in the present to win multiple rings, but also puts the Lakers in a great position to contend after LeBron retires.
Acquiring Anthony Davis would give the Lakers two of the top 5-10 NBA players and give LeBron another go-to scorer, who can create their own shoot and can be the number one option when LeBron is on the bench.
Now, who would the Lakers need to give up for Anthony Davis?
The Lakers would most likely trade any combination of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and draft picks. The only player I think the Lakers should not include is Lonzo Ball.
Lonzo has shown flashes of great defense this year as he held Damian Lillard to 2-11 shooting, while also displaying his great vision and high IQ.
He also gives the Lakers another ball handler who can run the offense while LeBron takes a rest or if LeBron ever wanted to play more off the ball.
Also, Anthony Davis signed with Agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who also happens to be LeBron’s agent. I also think Anthony Davis will end up signing with the Lakers in free agency, but Magic knows the Lakers need to win now.
The Lakers are off to a great start this season and are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. LeBron has brought the Lakers back to Showtime, but the addition of Anthony Davis could boost them as the favorite to win the NBA Finals.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out, but the 15th could be the start of something crazy.