With Anthony Davis making his desire to leave the New Orleans Pelicans
Of course the Lakers aren’t the only team that is interested in Davis…. But right now it’s looking as if they’re showing the most interest.
And Lonzo Ball could be on the move…
The entire Lakers roster not named LeBron James is more than likely fair game in a potential deal, including Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and, of course, Lonzo Ball.
Ball ended up exactly where he and his father Lavar Ball intended when he was drafted out of UCLA in 2017. Could it all becoming to an end for the BBB in Los Angeles?
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday that Ball would rather play for a team that needs a point guard.
Sources: Should Lakers/Pelicans trade talks pick up, point guard Lonzo Ball’s camp prefers Ball to be moved to a third team that doesn’t have an established point guard.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 29, 2019
The point guard in New Orleans is Elfrid Payton, who shares the starting backcourt with Jrue Holiday.
Of course what Ball’s camp prefers makes no difference to the Lakers. Ball has zero leverage in a potential trade and would end up wherever the Lakers send him if they indeed include him in a deal for Davis.
The Celtics can’t trade for Davis until the offseason, as Kyrie Irving and Davis are both signed to extensions under the “Rose Rule”. The rule is named after Derrick Rose, who was the first to sign such a deal, and teams are only allowed to have one player at a time signed under those terms.
Unless Irving is traded the Celtics can’t make a trade.
But the Pelicans announced on Monday that they’re in no hurry to trade Davis. Simply put, the Pelicans don’t care if the Lakers or anybody else want Davis this season.
Davis could pressure the Pelicans to send him where he wants to go by refusing to sign a new deal, but that’s another set of concerns that will play out as the situation unfolds.
What could this mean for the Big Baller Brand in Los Angeles?