​​With Trevor Ariza suddenly back off the market, all eyes are looking to Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to see what moves they'll make to help out King James in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, and when. 


While some have speculated that the Lakers may be willing to part with one of their promising young assets to add some veteran depth going into the playoffs, they are reportedly more than comfortable with taking their chances in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. When you consider Davis' ceiling of being the best player in basketball—not to mention his youth—it's easy to understand why.

Davis has this season and next remaining before he has the opportunity to decline a player option and enter free agency.


While it's a risk for both teams in the trade, ​Paul George is a great example of why a team should give up assets, even with only a year remaining on a player's contract, as are Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard.


The Lakers are willing to hoard assets to take that chance, especially for a player who is universally considered an MVP candidate.

LeBron James has spent the last four years carrying rosters that were a combination of injured and garbage to the ​NBA Finals. This year he can attempt to do some of the same knowing that if it doesn't work out, Davis is right around the corner.