Barber: Griffin, Pelicans Won AD Trade "Without A Doubt"

Tiki Barber believes that David Griffin and New Orleans "absolutely got the best" of the Lakers in the deal for Anthony Davis

Tiki and Tierney
June 17, 2019 - 7:16 pm

The Los Angeles Lakers achieved their goal. They acquired Anthony Davis.

But they gave up a lot to get him: Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks.

Was this a good move? Well, yes and no.

“The Lakers had to do this,” Tiki Barber said Monday on Tiki & Tierney. “The bad news emanating from that front office, it was worse than bad. They had to change the narrative. They wanted this to happen for a long time. . . . I love this from a media perspective.”

From a basketball perspective, LeBron James and Anthony Davis might be the best one-two punch in the game. After that, though, the roster gets real thin, real fast.

“Did David Griffin get the best of it? Absolutely they got the best of them,” Barber said. “Without a doubt they did. Because the Lakers have to win right now, and they have two years to do it. That’s it. And everybody knows it. . . . Look at the roster. There’s six guys on that roster, and two of them, you don’t know their names, I promise you.”

The Lakers would love to add Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard or Kemba Walker, but that will be easier said than done. Money talks, and in that regard, the Lakers are going to be pretty quiet.

“They’re going to have to convince someone to take less than they should,” Barber said, “and I don’t know if you are Kyrie Irving I’m taking less than I should to play with a 35-year-old LeBron James without anybody else on this bench. It doesn’t work out in my mind financially for them to build a championship-viable team. They don’t have enough assets to do it. They have no draft picks.”

Indeed, the Lakers are putting a lot of eggs in the LeBron/AD basket. If they do not win a title together, this trade will be criticized for years to come.

“I think Anthony Davis will stay there long-term,” Barber said, “but maybe he gets to one year and says, ‘This isn’t really good for me. I’m going to opt out.’”