Despite Jalen Rose recently doubling down on his take, once again assuring Pelicans star Anthony Davis will join the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency after switching to LeBron James’ agency Klutch Sports earlier this summer, colleague Stephen A. Smith pumped the breaks on that statement, claiming the Lakers won’t be alone in the pursuit of the All-Star.
“I anticipate Anthony Davis is going to do the exact same thing [as Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler] to try to navigate himself to be in Los Angeles with LeBron James,” Rose said on ESPN’s Get Up!
Smith quickly interjected with some Celtics and Warriors thoughts.
“For the most part your right,” said Smith. “He definitely wants out. He signed with Klutch Sports. Anthony Davis doesn’t want to be in New Orleans any longer. Whether it’s definitively the Los Angeles Lakers I’m not so sure.”
“I would keep Golden State and Boston in the mix because Golden State isn’t sure what Kevin Durant is going to want to do and Boston obviously has the requisite pieces to put together to make sure they can get the player of the quality of an Anthony Davis. So I would put Golden State and Boston as possibilities alongside L.A. but there is no question that Anthony Davis, this will in all likelihood be his last season in New Orleans.”
Davis will have plenty of suitors, but the Lakers have the cap space readily available after failing to sign another star to pair with James, instead signing players to a plethora of one-year deals to remain flexible for next summer.
The Warriors and Celtics would have to wait for a domino effect (knowing either Durant or Kyrie Irving would leave) to open up enough cap space to potentially sign the big man, still likely facing a few contractual kinks.
Time will tell who was right about all of this.