The Anthony Davis trade rumors have been a little low profile in the last month or so. After hitting its peak in early February, when the Pelicans star had submitted a trade request, things have eased off now with the playoffs looming large.
Anthony Davis has been put on a minutes restriction by the Pelicans, a move that was expected, as the Pelicans need to ensure that their star man is injury free going into the summer.
With Davis wanting out, the Pelicans will want to cash in as soon as possible, as he would be hitting free agency the summer after this one.
Lakers have already shown heavy interest in securing his services and would be ready to put in a renewed trade package in the summer.
However, even Boston Celtics would be joining the pack, giving tough competition to Lakers, as reports suggest Jayson Tatum could be part of the deal.
One way or the other, the Pelicans are going to receive a lot of young NBA talent, along with the future draft picks, something that could sort things out for the franchise, keeping in mind a 10 year horizon.
Now, according to a recent report from Brandon Scoop Robinson of the Heavy; Lakers are in pole position to secure the Anthony Davis trade, with Lonzo Ball being a major part of the deal.
According to Robinson’s source, Pelicans are still very much interested in the Lakers offer and want to pair up Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball.
“Internally, Pels are still interested in Lakers offer. But would love for Lonzo [Ball] to be a part of it. They feel he could thrive alongside [Jrue] Holiday. Fine with Kuzma/Ingram and think they could win with that roster next year.” Robinson has reported.
Now, a lot has transpired since the Anthony Davis trade saga, as the Lakers have faltered heavily in their bid to make it to the playoffs.
With the Lakers now preparing for the draft, they could be in line to get one of the first few picks, something that could interest them more going into the next trade window.
However, the Lakers front office knows that in order to win a championship, they absolutely need to get another superstar beside LeBron James.
After a season of utter disappointment, it is up to Magic Johnson and co. to amend things and somehow get the players that gel with LeBron and are able to produce the desired results for the franchise.
Anthony Davis could very well be one of those players, but will the Pelicans trade him to Lakers if the Celtics put their entire young roster on sale?
Apparently, Lonzo Ball holds all the cards. Interesting times ahead.