Anthony Davis wants to be Los Angeles Laker, seemingly no matter what. The team from Hollywood is reportedly actively looking to acquire the superstar big man in a trade. However, at least one rival executive believes there's one person can screw up any plans the Lakers might have in securing AD's services.
Enter LaVar Ball.
According to an unnamed NBA general manager, the one thing that could prevent the New Orleans Pelicans from acquiring Lonzo Ball as part of a trade for Davis would be the point guard's famously insufferable father.
"New Orleans can get a hassle-free trade [for Davis]," said the anonymous GM, via Amico Hoops. "They've made it clear they'll turn their attention elsewhere if the Lakers can't provide what they want. LaVar could muck up this whole thing."
Or some other word that rhymes with muck, maybe.
Lonzo has been linked to New Orleans, as have Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, in preliminary reported discussions over Davis. However, the latest buzz suggests that 2017's No. 2 overall pick would prefer to play somewhere where he would be the starting point guard-- that is, not New Orleans as currently built.
Lonzo doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract, however, so he technically doesn't have a say in the matter. But LaVar could make things nightmarish for the Pelicans all the same. Just look at all the attention he drew before LeBron James showed up in Los Angeles. We barely hear from the boisterous basketball dad anymore, but that could all change in an instant.
Regardless of LaVar, the Pelicans getting a combo of Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, and draft compensation could be quite a haul for them knowing that Davis doesn't want to stay there any longer. If that ends up being the case, fingers ought to be crossed that the Big Baller patriarch doesn't, ehhh, "muck" it all up.