LeBron James just answered a question about Anthony Davis — that’s all he did. He didn’t ask anyone to trade for him, he didn’t suggest that the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to acquire him, he just answered a question.
Despite this, the rest of the league is acting like Davis is making his debut for the Lakers on Sunday.
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report spent the last few days in Las Vegas for the NBA G League Winter Showcase and while he was there, he got a feel for how people around the association are responding to the buzz surrounding Davis and the Lakers. Let’s just say they’re not thrilled.
One particular general manager isn’t a fan of the way James and his agent Rich Paul, who also represents A.D., have gone about their business in the past:
“I’m not worried about James tampering to the media about AD. It’s that James and Paul are mafioso mob bosses of the NBA that’s the problem,” a Western Conference general manager said.
“Mafioso mob bosses”? I know the report said “Western Conference general manager,” but there’s no way that’s not a quote from Gar Forman.
There is also a feeling among some general managers that Davis is on his way out of New Orleans, but there’s no guarantee his next team will be the Lakers:
“It’s going to be up to [Pelicans general manager] Dell [Demps] to decide where Davis plays next,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “Paul will get him traded, but it’s going to be up to Demps to get the best deal.”
The question then is: can the Lakers outbid anyone on the market?
The Boston Celtics are probably the biggest threats to the Lakers’ A.D. dreams, but as Pincus notes, they wouldn’t be able to complete a trade for him until early July.
Any time before that and the Pelicans would have a hard time finding a better package for Davis than what L.A. can offer.
Does that mean ‘Bron and The Brow will be teammates in the near future? Not exactly, but it sounds like it’s more likely than it was a month ago.
If the Lakers are lucky, this feeling will continue to grow leading up to the trade deadline, and the Pelicans front office will feel the heat and get desperate.