There are few good teams that fly under the radar quite as much as the Indiana Pacers. The team has been consistently solid for the past decade, but outside of a couple trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, they have not been seen as a serious threat come playoff time. With each of the Pacers' last five seasons ending in...
Lakers Don't Need Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans demanded a trade a week ago and the basketball world went insane. The Lakers were tabbed as favorites seeing as the same agent who represents LeBron James also signed on with Anthony Davis this last offseason.
But since then the Pelicans have not agreed to a deal and the Lakers are getting desperate with the trade deadline arriving on Thursday, February 7th 2PM Central time. That desperation has led to Magic Johnson offering the Pelicans basically everyone but LeBron James in hopes of getting a deal done.
As things stand if the Lakers land Anthony Davis they would lose Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram along with a few others players which may include veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.
But is that deal worth it? No.
Anthony Davis would join the team now but with no assets the Lakers won't win the championship this season. Which leaves next year and let's say they pick up a marquee free agent in the offseason, which is far from a guarantee, the Lakers might still not be good enough to win a championship. That leaves 2020, the Lakers would have LeBron, AD and what else?
Instead the Lakers could keep all their assets and pick up AD as a free agent when his contract expires in a few years. Yes, they missed out on Paul George in a similar scenario but losing Paul George is no reason to think they'll also lose out on Anthony Davis. The Lakers need to hold their ground and wait on Anthony Davis to join the team, imagine a team with LeBron, all their young stars AND Anthony Davis.
Now that's a team capable of winning multiple championships, and if Anthony Davis wants to land in the best scenario he has to understand that the more assets the better.