If Anthony Davis gets moved by the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 7, 2019, the Los Angeles Lakers are viewed as a favorite to acquire his services. Davis and LeBron James share an agent, the superstar big man wants to compete for championships, and Los Angeles has a number of young players that could potentially intrigue the New Orleans Pelicans if the two sides get to the negotiating table.
One such young player is Lonzo Ball, the former No. 2 overall pick at point guard who, despite his up and down play, shows flashes of being a really good floor general. He’d arguably be the best young player the Pelicans could acquire in a deal with L.A., but there’s just one problem: Those close to Ball don’t want him heading to New Orleans.
According to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Ball’s camp wants him heading to a team that would give him the chance to play, something that might not be possible with the Pelicans due to the presence of standout veteran guard Jrue Holiday.
Of course, Ball would be an outstanding fit next to Holiday, a consummate professional who can help teach the young guard the ropes, especially when it comes to being a potentially devastating defender, and cover for some of his deficiencies on the offensive end. It’s also totally plausible that moving Davis could lead to a fire sale in New Orleans, one which would see Holiday sent elsewhere, too, but that’s pure speculation. The Lakers seem to be Davis’ preferred destination, so it will be fascinating to see if this situation — should it come to fruition — remedies itself over the next week and a half.