originally posted 6/19/19
photo by Charmeljun Gallardo
The Lakers had no choice. This had to be done.
If you think that this deal they made to get Anthony Davis from New Orleans reeks of desperation, you’re right. It was. This team was the laughing stock of the league. Now, they aren’t. There’s more than a glimmer of hope. At least, this will get the much deserved criticism off their backs for a while.
When healthy, Anthony Davis is a top five player in the NBA. And as we just saw with Toronto, having a player at the height of his powers can be all the difference. But L.A. paid a steep price in this deal. Brandon Ingram was coming into his own. Lonzo Ball still has potential. Josh Hart is a nice role player to have on the roster. Three first round picks including the 4th overall selection in this draft is a great haul for the Pelicans. Davis has a checkered injury history. And Davis’ agent is telling anyone who’ll listen that his client will still test free agency at the end of the 2020 season. So in essence, this next season is a long courting session.
For the last five years, the road to the NBA Finals started and ended with Golden State. But after devastating injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, it’s wide open. If there was anytime for James to reengage, this has to be it. The Lakers’ chances to sign a big name player went from “Not a chance in hell” to “I can totally see that happening.”
There’s plenty of work to be done. Even if they can get one or two big free agents, they’ll need to get the right role players to fill out the roster. They can’t make the same mistakes they did last season. There’s no room on this roster for the Javale McGees and the Rajon Rondos of the world. The clock has been ticking for a while and the Lakers are way off schedule.
LeBron, it’s time to get the flowers and put on your best suit. Time to start wooing....