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The Lakers are reportedly offering Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and two first round picks for Anthony Davis

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In addition to putting Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and two first round picks on the table for Anthony Davis, the Lakers are also offering to take on Solomon Hill’s contract to give New Orleans cap relief.

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Shortly following news that Anthony Davis is willing for the New Orleans Pelicans to trade him to other teams besides the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson pushed all his chips into the middle of the table, offering Dell Demps a package that reportedly includes Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and two first round picks for Anthony Davis, according to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times.

Per Turner, the Lakers are also offering to take on Solomon Hill’s contract to give New Orleans cap relief, a contract the Lakers would then stretch:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN also reported that the two sides had made progress earlier in the morning, which is still notable even in the wake of Turner’s report because Woj has been on top of New Orleans’ thoughts in these talks:

As Wojnarowski outlines, though, this going through will still depend on how the Pelicans (or a third team, honestly) views the Lakers’ young players.

But getting back to the offer, make no mistake about it: This is the Lakers going all in.

Will it be enough to cut through the pettiness the Pelicans have shown throughout these negotiations? That is unclear, but it would seem that there is progress being made, and that with just about three full days to go before the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline, there is still time for cooler heads to prevail and get a deal done that allows the Pelicans to save face and the Lakers to get a second star to play with LeBron James.

When Davis got to L.A., he would be playing with James and very little else. This deal would leave the Lakers with precisely zero NBA point guards and just Josh Hart remaining from their young core.

In fact, let’s take a look at just how barren of depth this package would leave the Lakers’ roster:

  • LeBron James
  • Anthony Davis
  • Solomon Hill
  • Josh Hart
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Tyson Chandler
  • Ivica Zubac
  • JaVale McGee
  • Svi Mykhailiuk
  • Moe Wagner
  • Johnathan Williams (two-way contract)
  • Alex Caruso (two-way contract point guard)
  • Isaac Bonga

There are a lot of holes there! Not the least of which would be Alex Caruso being the Lakers’ starting point guard on a two-way deal.

The Lakers would obviously hit the buyout market and reload this summer as well, and realistically, this deal isn’t about this year. That noted, looking at the roster it would leave this season does illustrate just how much the Lakers would be paying to get Davis on their roster.

This trade would still be worth it, because you gamble on Davis, James and some cap space, but the front office would have to display its value in the other way of roster building afterwards. Upon recruiting the two stars he promised would bring the Lakers “BACK back,” Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka would have to show their prowess at signing guys on the margins both this season and this summer.

Can they do so? They’ll have to, even if this deal will be a winner almost no matter what for the Lakers.

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