The Los Angeles Lakers rumors surrounding Anthony Davis are really starting to pick up steam with the Brow potentially on his way to LA in the near future.
The Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers rumors started as small rumblings in the summer that spawned after Davis signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, the same agency that represents LeBron James.
The Lakers rumors started to pick up as the year has gone on and have reached an all-time high. Now, it seems as if Davis coming to LA is undoubtedly going to happen, potentially because the Lakers might not have any other options.
The chance of signing a free agent in the summer of 2019 seems drastically smaller than it did after signing LeBron James this July. With that in mind, and no long-term window to trade for Davis (because of the contractual situation) it seems as if a trade for Davis is on the horizon.
This would undoubtedly create one of the most compelling duos in NBA history. LeBron James is going to go down as, at least, the second greatest basketball player of all-time. Davis, on the other hand, is an MVP-caliber player that could hoist the trophy multiple times in his career.
He is already at an insanely elite level and has not even hit his prime yet. Once James finally calls it quits, it will be Davis battling Giannis Antetokounmpo to be the face of the NBA.
Most Laker fans seem to love the idea of trading for Davis because of how talented he is. However, there still is that select circle that does not want to part ways with the young talent. That circle seems smaller than it ever has but fans do latch onto young stars and overvalue them in trades.
However, it seems like the ball is being pushed more in the other direction when discussing a deal for Davis.
Personally, I draw the line at anything that includes both Ball and Ingram. A lot of people will disagree with me but I think the Lakers have more value in packaging Kyle Kuzma than Lonzo Ball.
Kuzma is a great young asset and has really turned up his play the last few weeks. However, he is a power forward and power forwards with his skill set are not extremely hard to come by. Throw in the fact that Davis is a big man himself and trading Ingram and Kuzma to create LeBron and Davis makes sense stylistically.
Meanwhile, Ball is an elite defensive guard with the ability to push the pace on the offensive side of the ball, distribute and has one of the brightest basketball minds in the game. He is an elite rebounder for a guard and when his shot starts hitting, he really will be an all-around player.
That is much harder to come by that Kuzma’s skill set.
Now, would I trade Ball and Kuzma for Davis? Probably. The Lakers can run Davis at the five, LeBron at the four and Ingram at the three. While they would miss out in Ball, they still would have LeBron to run the offense.
Including Ball and Ingram in the same package is when it becomes too much for me to buy in on it.
I am more than okay with sending Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and up to three unprotected first round picks for Davis. Davis is sensational and will lead to multiple titles alongside LeBron James.