Finding their second superstar has been the top priority for the Los Angeles Lakers since the successful acquisition of LeBron James in the 2018 NBA free agency. Before the February NBA trade deadline, the Lakers did everything they could to bring All-Star center Anthony Davis to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, despite offering their entire young core, then-Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps refused to make a deal, believing that they could get a better return for Davis in the 2019 NBA offseason.
Even though they failed to acquire him before the February NBA trade deadline, the Lakers are still highly expected to resume their pursuit of Anthony Davis next summer. According to Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, the Lakers’ top offer for Davis remains the same, but the man who is currently leading the Pelicans’ front office, Vice President of Basketball Operations Davis Griffin, could see it differently than former general manager Dell Demps.
“The Lakers’ top offer for Anthony Davis hasn’t changed for the better since February. With Brandon Ingram recovering from deep venous thrombosis and Lonzo Ball working his way back from a left ankle injury, it actually looks worse. Maybe David Griffin views Los Angeles’ asset chest in rosier terms than New Orleans’ previous regime. Ingram specifically has underrated star quality. He is consistently disruptive on defense and was piling up buckets at a tantalizing clip in the weeks leading up to what became a season-ending absence.”