Report: Lakers willing to take on Solomon Hill in Godfather Anthony Davis trade offer
Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson and New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps reportedly talked twice on Monday regarding an Anthony Davis trade, and it looks like Magic is throwing all of his cards on the table.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are willing to give Pelicans cap relief for Anthony Davis by taking on the contract of small forward Solomon Hill. LA is reportedly offering New Orleans Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and two first-round picks for Davis.
Solomon Hill is making $12,252,928 this season and is owed $12,758,781 next season, the final year of his contract.
Landed in Indy; update on Lakers-Pelicans talks. Magic Johnson, Dell Demps talked twice today, per source. Lakers willing to give Pelicans cap relief for Anthony Davis by taking Solomon Hill for Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ingram, Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Beasley, 2 1st round picks.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) February 4, 2019
That is pretty darn close to the Lakers’ Godfather offer. They are giving up three of their youngsters in Ball, Ingram and Kuzma, along with three veterans who are on expiring deals in Rondo, Beasley and Stephenson, plus two first-round picks, plus offering cap relief.
The only question now is whether another team can top that offer for Davis, who is arguably a top-five player in the NBA and a once-in-a-generation talent. Now, some might say the Lakers’ offer for Davis is too much, but Los Angeles has missed out on Paul George and Kawhi Leonard two summers in a row, so they can’t afford to miss out on another superstar, especially now that LeBron James is on the roster.