The NBA trade deadline is looming and teams are looking at their options. There’s been a lot of buzz as of late about Anthony Davis, power forward for the Pelicans, joining LeBron in L.A. LeBron hasn’t played with someone of the caliber of Davis since he played with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. So, joining the two stars together is an intriguing prospect for the Lakers.
LeBron has a lot of sway in the NBA. His mere presence is enough drive up ticket prices, but he doesn’t just draw in the fans. A chance to play with LeBron means a chance to go to the finals. LeBron hasn’t missed the finals in eight seasons. So playing on his team gives a player a pretty good shot at making NBA history.
If Davis joined the Lakers, they would have two of the best players in the league. It could be the beginning of another dynasty, assuming that LeBron stays healthy and can continue playing at the same level into his late thirties.
So it’s obvious why the Lakers want to acquire Davis. And it’s obvious why Davis thinks going to L.A. makes sense as well. But the Pelicans have a different perspective.
What’s The Hold Up?
If Davis is going to go to L.A., the Pelicans’ leadership needs to get on board. Davis isn’t a free agent until 2020, so right now the Pelicans have the leverage. If he wants to leave the team after next season, that’s his prerogative. But right now, the Pelicans hold the cards, and they want to get something good in return if they are to give up their superstar.
So right now the two teams are in a stalemate. It’s hard to tell whether the Lakers might get what they want. If they are going to get Davis and build a super team, they better be willing to give up something good.