AD To Lakers? No, "There's Better Offers Elsewhere"

The Lakers can make a run at Anthony Davis, Ramona Shelburne says, but other teams can offer New Orleans "more well-developed players"

Reiter Than You
June 04, 2019 - 10:05 pm
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It remains to be seen where Anthony Davis will play basketball next season, but the Lakers remain a legit possibility.

Sort of.

“I think there was a sense that New Orleans didn’t want to deal with the Lakers at all the first time around,” ESPN senior NBA writer Ramona Shelburne said on Reiter Than You. “I know there were people in New Orleans who really liked the offer that the Lakers had. It was like a Herschel Walker-type offer. So many young players, so many young assets coming to New Orleans in that initial conversation, and they just didn’t want to hear it at all.”

Now they might.


“I don’t know if they want to re-engage because a lot of the people who said no to that are still there,” Shelburne said. “The owner is still there. Mickey Loomis is still there. Yeah, (David Griffin is) involved, and he has a better relationship with the rest of the league probably than Dell Demps does – and especially a better relationship with Rich Paul – but I don’t know how much that really is going to change things.”

While the Lakers were reportedly willing to part with Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, among others, Shelburne believes other franchises could make more tempting offers.

“I would say there’s better offers elsewhere,” she said. “Is there a team like Denver, a team like Boston, Orlando – there’s a lot of interesting teams out there with more well-developed players they could talk about.”

Click below to listen to Shelburne’s interview in its entirety.