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The rumor has been floating around for weeks now that New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis may wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade scenario. The two sides have attempted to inch closer to a deal that would see ‘The Brow’ unite with ‘The King’.
Anthony Davis is in the midst of a career year at New Orleans. He is averaging over 28 points, 12 rebounds and just under 5 assists per game; Davis is well over his career averages at this point in the season. In addition, his NBA rating is 4 points higher than any other season, while his assist to turnover ratio is over 2 for the first time in his career. Based on the numbers, Davis is within the MVP race.
On the other hand, Lebron James is having one of his best years as well, with a team that has quite the mix of youthfulness. James is averaging over 27 points per game, as well as 8 rebounds and 7 assists. There is also the fact that 5 of his last 6 games consist of double-doubles, two of which are triple-doubles. The reliance on James to rebound and produce offensively would decrease dramatically if Davis were to get traded.
Should this trade happen, Los Angeles would have every piece needed to win a Championship. We wrote last month that LeBron James will take the Lakers to the NBA Championship, and the addition of Davis would strengthen this claim. JaVale McGee has been fantastic, but this would allow McGee to fulfill his role as an impact player, the original intent of his signing.
One would imagine that a first round pick would have to go the other way for New Orleans to even contemplate this trade. In addition, rumors speculate that a combination between Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma would need to take place as well. In theory, it’s difficult to pick and choose which young star matters more to the Lakers organization.
This is also assuming that New Orleans would even trade their hottest commodity on the roster. According to The Advocate, New Orleans has no intention of trading their star player. In fact, the Pelicans organization are looking at offering Davis a 5-year, $239M extension. If it’s accepted, it would make him the highest-paid player in NBA history.
In saying that, the final call would end up with Davis. He has come out and stated he wants to win. A record of 15-17 is not winning, despite the career year that Anthony Davis is having. Based in an interview, LeBron James has stated his desire to play alongside Davis.
“I don’t really care,” Davis told ESPN’s Zach Lowe on Wednesday night, responding to James’ comments. “Obviously, it’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me. But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15-17, that means I’m not doing my job.” (The Advocate via ESPN)
New Orleans is a young squad, so there is time for them to build around Davis, should he stay. Jrue Holiday has 9 years of experience in the league, and is still only 28-years old. In similar fashion, Los Angeles can build a team around Davis if he decides to join them. By joining the Lakers, they would win multiple NBA Championships.
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