On Monday, Jan. 28, NBA superstar Anthony Davis made headlines across the league as he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Davis, who is set to become a free agent in 2020, announced Monday that he wants to be traded to a contender and has no intentions of re-signing in New Orleans.
Davis is one of the most dominant players in the league. He is currently averaging 30 points a game and 13 rebounds. He is a six-time NBA All-Star in his eight seasons and is in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation every year.
While every team in the league should be interested in acquiring Davis, there are two front-runners in the sweepstakes – the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Both teams easily have the most to offer the Pelicans for the superstar – it’s just a matter of if they will pull the trigger.
The Celtics are in a bit of a tough situation regarding Davis, as they cannot trade for him until the end of the year.
Because of the “Rose rule,” the Celtics have to wait for their star Kyrie Irving’s contract to come to an end before they can sign Davis.
However, the Lakers do not face this predicament and are able to go out right now and trade for Davis.
And that is exactly what they should do.
Davis would be such a difference-maker in Los Angeles that the Lakers would become title threats immediately.
The Lakers have a ton of young talent, including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and a number of draft picks – more than enough ammunition to go out and get Davis.
Los Angeles is one of the deepest teams in the NBA, and even without a couple of these guys, it would still have a ton of depth.
Not to mention that the Lakers currently have the best player in the NBA, LeBron James, on their roster.
James and Davis on the same team would bring excitement back to the Lakers, something they’ve been missing ever since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal disbanded.
Now the biggest question the Lakers should be asking themselves is: “Can we compete with the Warriors with Davis?”
And the answer is yes.
Acquiring Davis would put the Lakers over the hump and allow them to be on the same playing field as the Warriors.
It has already leaked that Davis wants to be in LA in 2020 when he is eligible for a new contract, so odds are they will be able to re-sign him when that time comes.
The risk is minimal and the reward is huge.
Presidesnt Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka, have a limited amount of time to make this happen for the Lakers.
The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 7, and after that, the Celtics will become the front-runner to get Davis in the offseason.
The Lakers need to take advantage of the tremendous opportunity they have in front of them and help bring a title back to Los Angeles before it’s too late.