The Lakers Have A Very Clear, Expensive Path To Land Anthony Davis

Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball are great and all but they shouldn’t get too comfortable in a Lakers jersey.

Just over a week from the start of the regular season and rumors abound that involve the Lakers, Anthony Davis and the possibility that the two could join forces as early as mid-season.

Sheridan explains further that any Davis move would come by way of Pelican futility: “If they are middle-of-the-pack or worse in the competitive Western Conference, it is more likely than not that Davis will be moved before the trading deadline.”

Pincus points out that a trade with the Celtics would be expensive ($21.6 million in outgoing contract money) and problematic. Irving’s current contract utilizes the Rose Rule. Davis, signed with the same distinction, cannot join the Celtics unless Irving’s contract is reworked.

For the Lakers, a deal would just be expensive. Pincus explains L.A. would need to commit about $20.3 million in contracts to the deal and would need to toss in much of the young core to placate the Pelicans: “The Pelicans would also undoubtedly want some of the Lakers’ young talent, presumably starting with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and/or Lonzo Ball.”

There is a caveat in that a trade would seemingly take two floundering teams.

New Orleans would need to take a serious step back after losing the likes of Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins this past summer. With a potentially unhappy Davis and a looming player option decision in his final year, a trade would make perfect sense for the Pelicans, especially if it garners young talent.

It will also take a Lakers collapse. Any success from this team and its young core would mandate the Lakers pump the brakes on a trade, especially when you consider the type of talent coming to free agency next summer.

If L.A. were to chill out in the land of mediocrity for a couple months, it becomes feasible to switch to Plan B and move the young core for a get-great-now scheme.