The Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of work to do to get Anthony Davis, even after the most famous eyebrow in sports did them a solid by revealing this week that he wanted out of New Orleans.
They don’t have a lot of time to do it either, with eight days until the trade deadline, at which point the Lakers’ advantage over the rest of the NBA begins to dissipate. Once the deadline passes, nothing can happen until the summer, by which point the Boston Celtics are freed to make a pitch and the draft lottery will have given someone (maybe the New York Knicks) a No. 1 pick to dangle.
Yet even if things go to plan for the Lakers, even if the Pelicans reverse course on what seems to be a commitment to wait things out, even if New Orleans accepts a trade that might not be in its best interest, and even if next Monday’s wake-up call is a picture of Davis in purple and gold, that would just be the beginning of the process.
LeBron James wants Davis in L.A., a reality borne out by his recent comments to Davis signing with James’ best friend and agent Rich Paul last summer to everything that is boiling over this week.
The reason for that is simple: James believes that getting the premier big man in the game is the most realistic shot he has of the Lakers becoming a championship contender during his time in Los Angeles.
That may well be the case, but it doesn’t end there. And the short-term reality of getting Davis might not be very pretty.
The image that is conjured is one of James and Davis standing in a Lakers locker room, hugging and high-fiving with glee at being paired together, then falling silent as they look around them and realize there isn’t much to see.