The 2019 NBA Draft is just over a week away and despite what New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is saying, the expectation is that Anthony Davis will be traded before then. Now, the looming question in Los Angeles is: Will the Lakers be the team to land him?
Not that long ago, that seemed improbable, but the most recent reports around the league suggest that the Lakers are in as good of a position as anyone to acquire the 26-year-old All-Star. In the latest episode of the Silver Screen and Roll Podcast, I was joined by Grant Goldberg of Bleacher Report to talk about what the Lakers will likely have to give up for Davis and where they should draw the line.
From a strictly financial standpoint, the Lakers can keep one of Brandon Ingram or Lonzo Ball, or both of Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma, and still have room for a max free agent so long as they trade everyone on the roster not named LeBron James, including the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft. Ball, James, Davis and a max free agent? Sign us up.
However, just because it’s financially feasible for the Lakers doesn’t mean that the Pelicans are going to accept a package that doesn’t include all of the aforementioned players. Would the Lakers really gut their entire young core for a player that will hit unrestricted free agency next year, and if not, where do they draw the line?
We discuss that, plus a few dark-horse candidates that can enter the race, like the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers. You can listen to our full conversation below.