It’s all lined up for the Lakers now. But only for now.
Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, and it just happens that his agent, Rich Paul, also represents newly added Los Angeles star LeBron James. All that’s required is a package of youth and draft considerations — some combination of Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, salary filler and picks — and Davis will join James at Staples Center.
But as we’ve seen in recent months and years, the days of the Lakers bending the rest of the league to their will to pluck the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal are past. There is still much hand-wringing to be done in Lakerland before Davis winds up in purple and gold.
There is no room for "NO" on the Lakers' end. If the Pelicans engage in serious talks, the Lakers need to concede to their requests. If that means sending both Ingram and Kuzma, you just do it. Stubbornness isn’t going to work here because the Lakers need the Pels right now a lot more than the Pels need the Lakers.