In what shouldn’t be surprising news, LeBron James would be thrilled if the Los Angeles Lakers found a way to team him up with Anthony Davis. This same reaction would probably apply to any another top-five NBA talent, though check back later just in case.
James was asked by Dave McNenamin of ESPN about the possibility of teaming up with Davis and TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM WITH A TOTALLY UNEXPECTED REACTION.
“That would be amazing,” James told ESPN on Tuesday before the Lakers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”
There you have it. LeBron James would in fact bE excited to team up with one of the most talented bigs to have ever played in the NBA, and one who fits absolutely perfectly not only with how James prefers to play, but also basically alongside any other player given his incredibly versatile skillset and ability to impact the game on both ends of the court.
Nothing that wasn’t obvious is being broken here, even if it is notable that James would go on the record about this. Still, nothing has changed. The Lakers remain interested in really good players, and the New Orleans Pelicans remain entrenched on not trading Davis away — not even for Beyonce.
Nothing will change, really, until Davis turns down his extension worth up to $239 million this summer. So long as that contract remains on the table, this is mostly out of the Lakers’ control, no matter how much back-channeling they try to do to figure out the best way to get Davis.
Is this all to say such a trade is out of the question? Of course not. New Orleans has been mediocre at best since drafting Davis, and this season seems to be heading in a similar direction barring some unforeseen trade to pair Davis with a superstar. If Davis (who, like all superstars, says winning is his top priority) is so frustrated by what he’s been surrounded by and turns down that aforementioned extension, then things get really interesting.
But that’s a lot of money to turn down, so for right now, that James finds it potentially amazing shouldn’t be news to anyone, even as the Lakers lost three out of their last four and head home from a disappointing road trip. Now, what we need to have happen here is Davis to say it’d be amazing if the Lakers traded for him, and then we could all freak out.