Damon Jones outlines potential Anthony Davis trade for Lakers centered around Kyle Kuzma, 4th overall pick
Former NBA player and coach Damon Jones outlined a potential Anthony Davis trade for the Los Angeles Lakers during Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “Get Up!”
The trade would send Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram along with the fourth overall pick in exchange for Davis and Solomon Hill:
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) May 16, 2019
Jones’ potential trade is merely bare bones of the structure at this point, as a quick look at ESPN’s trade machine shows it wouldn’t be enough to currently work:
Ball, Ingram and Kuzma are all on rookie contracts and unable to match even the money Davis will make alone. Even adding the fourth overall pick wouldn’t be seen as enough compensation to push the trade through.
Taking on Hill’s bloated contract would mean adding more names to the table, but even that could prove difficult, considering that besides their young core, the Lakers are littered with expiring deals they purposely signed those players to, expecting to be big players in free agency.
In addition to that, the Pelicans have been known to have little interest in a slow-developing Lonzo Ball, have questions about Brandon Ingram and his blood clots from late last season, and see Kyle Kuzma as the lone piece worth trading for.
To make the situation even worse for the Lakers, there’s a recent report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst suggesting the Pelicans have “no interest” in making a deal with the Lakers, which only adds further complications to make this trade happen.
Bringing it all into context: Magic Johnson was willing to throw in Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac (now with the Clippers) along with other pieces as well to make the trade work. Offering less surely won’t make it happen.
Davis’ price has actually gone up since the trade deadline, considering the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks will be in position to trade for him.
All in all, this hypothetical trade is highly unlikely to happen, no matter how good a deal Jones thinks he’d be putting forth with his GM hat on national television.