The Lakers are coasting as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games and claiming the fifth seed in the Western conference with a record of 14-9. While they have improved off of their rocky start to the season, there's one way they can instantly assert themselves as contenders.
That would be to trade for Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. The only way the Lakers could achieve a blockbuster trade for Davis would be to include Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram as pieces in a three-team deal, according to the latest rumors in the NBA world.
“Any deal for AD, obviously, is going to have to include Brandon Ingram as the principle player being shipped out,” says source.... (1 of 2) pic.twitter.com/t0OBlpU4IW— Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB) November 29, 2018
Would the Lakers really be willing to part with two former No. 2 picks with incredibly high ceilings? If the return was Anthony Davis, it's certainly a possibility.
In order to match salaries, the Lakers would likely also have to part ways with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is playing on a 1-year, $12 million contract.
Lakers per source: “To match salaries, KCP will be dealt. (KCP eligible to be traded after Dec15). If it's a straight-up trade with the Pelicans, Lonzo will be in the deal, but the Lakers will be asking for Elfrid Payton or Ian Clark in return.“ pic.twitter.com/StQ0aihGgQ— Brandon Robinson (@ScoopB) November 29, 2018
The Lakers will be looking for a third team to help them accommodate the deal, and one potential suitor could be the Orlando Magic. The Magic will be looking to move Nikola Vucevic before his contract expires at the end of this season.
Any trade would see the Pelicans walk away with a huge ransom in exchange for Davis. The compensation would look something like Vucevic, Ball, Ingram and a first-round pick, among other picks. The Lakers would receive Davis and a player like Elfrid Payton or Ian Clark, and the Magic would receive Caldwell-Pope and another piece.
While these rumors are purely speculative, this is a potential trade scenario that could result in the Lakers getting the superstar they so desperately want to pair with LeBron James.