If the Los Angeles Lakers want in on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes they're going to have to let go of some young talent.
According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, a trade package for the All-NBA player will likely have to involve Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Ivica Zubac and a future first-round pick.
Hearing from sources if Lakers want Anthony Davis, who has requested a trade, LA has to start the deal with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, No. 1 pick.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) January 28, 2019
The potential trade offer shows just how much stock has fallen on Lakers forward Brandon Ingram. The No. 2 pick out of Duke was supposed to be the second star to pair with LeBron James, but he has struggled to develop the way the franchise thought he would.
Kuzma quickly stepped up to the role as LA's second best player a little before James went down with the groin injury Christmas day. In a perfect world, the Lakers would like to keep Kuz around to be the third option behind Davis and LeBron, but that doesn't look like it will be possible. Davis is one of the top-5 players in the NBA and a transcendent talent at only 25-years-old. With at least a decade of dominance left, no player (outside of LeBron) should be off the table.
ESPN story on agent Rich Paul informing New Orleans that All-NBA star Anthony Davis won't sign an extension and wants a trade. https://t.co/7e7FCVKHAy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 28, 2019
If the Lakers are able to pair up Davis and James they immediately vault into the championship contender conversation (if that even exists with this current Golden State Warriors roster).