While Anthony Davis enjoys another MVP-like season with the New Orleans Pelicans, the trade speculation surrounding the 25-year-old continues to heat up.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have been widely mentioned as potential landing spots. But according to Chris Sheridan of Get More Sports, a Davis move to the Lakers "has been in the works for years."
Davis is signed through through 2019-20, and he has a player option of approx. $28.751 million for 2020-21, which he'll surely decline. Davis hasn't been vocal about his future plans, and it's unknown if he wants to continue playing in New Orleans, or if the desire is to play elsewhere.
Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register recently reported that insiders believe Davis will orchestrate a trade, with the Lakers the early favorites to land him. Heisler added that Davis likes the idea of teaming up with LeBron James.
The latter joined the Lakers this offseason, knowing that the front office has the cap space and trade assets to surround James with more superstar talent in the near future. Adding a player like Davis would put the Lakers on the same level as the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
It was noted by Sheridan that the Boston Celtics can offer a better trade package to the Pelicans, but GM Danny Ainge wouldn't pull the trigger on a Kawhi Leonard trade, a sign that he values the young assets he has.
What This Means
The Lakers have the cap space to take on Davis and sign him to a huge extension, plus quality trade assets in Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and draft picks.
If the Pelicans are bent on extending Davis, they'll have to find a way to supply him with more superstar talent, because this current group isn't deep enough to go far in the playoffs.