The Los Angeles Lakers may need help from a third team if they're to land New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade.
According to Brandon Robinson of Heavy.com, the Lakers would be interested in trading for Davis "as soon as December 15." Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have been mentioned as possible players involved in the trade.
Robinson added that the Orlando Magic could be part of the deal, making this potential blockbuster a three-team trade. Nikola Vucevic could be involved in the Davis trade, with the purpose of giving Mohamed Bamba for minutes, per Robinson.
The Lakers are loaded with young talents like Ball, Ingram, Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma. There's no way they'll land Davis without sacrificing at least two of those - plus more assets - in a trade for Davis.
The Magic are playing above expectations and are in the Eastern Conference playoff race right now. Adding more assets to a promising core involving Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier would be a huge win for the front office.
Perhaps no team has bigger trade chips for Davis than the Lakers, and it's been rumored that he's interested in joining LeBron James. Davis is signed through the 2019-20 season, and if he rejects a contract extension from the Pelicans, they'll have no choice but to trade him.
James signed with the Lakers this offseason, knowing that they had the assets and cap space to recruit one or two more superstars. Should the Lakers land Davis, they'll be in prime position to compete with the Golden State Warriors for NBA supremacy.
What This Means
The Anthony Davis rumors will not end until he either signs a contract extension or simply gets traded. The Lakers seem to be on his preferred destinations list, and they have every incentive to trade for a player of his caliber.
Major trades in the NBA often require a third team to get involved. For the Magic, it makes perfect sense to be the third club in a Davis trade, especially if they're landing more assets.