So watching the Lakers so far it’s becoming more and more evident that they will eventually trade or sign Anthony Davis. As it stands Kawhi Leonard looks quite comfortable in Toronto and if he were to take an exit from
Toronto more than likely he’ll sign with the Clippers which would offer him the opportunity of becoming the franchise player and greatest Clipper of all-time. Much better than playing second fiddle to LeBron James, Klay Thompson looks more and more settled in Golden State and I just don’t see Kevin Durant looking to boost LeBron’s legacy by joining forces with him next summer.
That leaves us with Anthony Davis who as of now if playing on a Pelicans team which at best makes the Western Conference Finals and to even make it that far Anthony Davis will have to play like the best big man the league has ever seen. The Lakers as currently constructed in my honest opinion are a second round exit at best, the team is just way too young and LeBron James is just not that great of a leader where he’ll be able to lead these young guys past teams such as the Rockets,Warriors,Jazz, or even the Spurs coaches my legend Gregg Popovich.
LeBron is close to 35 and I could comprehend if LeBron was 28-31 years old he could wait for Ingram,Kuzma, and Ball to fully develop but the Lakers can’t afford to waste much more time. If the goal is for LeBron to win championships over the next 4 years they need to put that superstar next to LeBron James as soon as this coming trade deadline. Let’s be honest LeBron is still very good and a top 5 player at the current moment but I don’t think he’s the best in the game any more as Kawhi,Durant,Curry,Giannis, and even Davis himself you can make an argument have surpassed him.
His defense has fallen off a cliff, he gambles a lot on defense now and conserves energy by not moving so much on defense. I think if you pair him with Davis it would at least give him a shot at grabbing at least 2 more titles before his time is up. As for the Pelicans you would still have Julius Randle who is more than will willing to sign long-term in New Orleans and pairing him with Ingram and Kuzma would only be a plus as they already have chemistry together and would grow together quickly and make sure the Pelicans remain competitive in the West. What do you think?