Even With Anthony Davis, Lakers Have Work To Do

Acquiring AD was a great first step, but the Lakers aren't title favorites just yet

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 17, 2019 - 8:54 am
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After months of speculation and drama, the Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly acquire Anthony Davis from New Orleans in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

LeBron James couldn’t be happier.

“LeBron James is excited,” Southern California News Group Lakers reporter Kyle Goon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think if you look at their respective games, LeBron is the kind of guy who can take advantage of what Anthony Davis can do: scoring from basically all levels, handling the ball. I think the Lakers need to find spacing for both of them in order to maximize their game, but certainly LeBron is excited. Given everything that’s happened this offseason and all the drama with the Lakers, it’s a positive for the Lakers that they bring in a talent like Anthony Davis for LeBron to play with for the next few years.”

With Davis in the fold, though, where do the Lakers go from here? This once-proud franchise has missed the playoffs six years in a row and hasn’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs since 2012.

Can they contend for a title in 2019-20? Perhaps, but it might depend on free agency.

“Due to arcane salary-cap rules, you’re not sure if the Lakers can get that third max-salary slot and chase guys like Kyrie Irivng, Jimmy Butler, and Kemba Walker,” Goon said. “I think if they had their preference, they would. But if that doesn’t happen, they have to figure out a way to get shooting. That’s the ultimate thing that they need. That is the thing that’s going to give space to LeBron James and Anthony Davis to play their games.”

The Lakers went 37-45 last season – their best finish since 2013. 

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