With the 2019 NBA Draft quickly approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers will have the No. 4 pick on June 20.
Although the Lakers have worked out Jarrett Culver and may have promised Darius Garland with the No. 4 pick, most expect them to include it for a second All-Star player.
As the Lakers have already been linked to numerous All-Star players, it is no secret Anthony Davis gives them the best opportunity to win now and for the next 6-7 seasons.
NBA source (who I trust a lot) told me tonight he thinks Boston is landing spot for Anthony Davis.
Says Tatum is player NOLA covets most.
Tatum, Smart (who @PelicansNBA also really like), filler (Williams, Ojeyele or Yabusele) & at least pick #14 this year.
I. Love. It! pic.twitter.com/7Rd1taJYJJ
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) June 7, 2019
If Irving indeed leaves Boston, it may have an impact on the teams in pursuit of Davis. The Celtics’ interest in Davis was reportedly predicated on their desire to pair him with Irving. Without Irving, you’d think the Celtics would be less inclined to give up a significant amount of young players/draft picks to acquire Davis.
Since Davis’ trade request from the Pelicans three months ago, the one constant has been Tatum. As the Pelicans wanted to wait until the 2019 NBA Draft for better offers, the Celtics did not move up and landed the No. 14 pick.
While it appears the Celtics would not have to offer much for Davis, the Lakers seemingly will have to trade the entire young core and No. 4 pick. This is because the Pelicans ‘prefer’ to trade him elsewhere than the Lakers.
At the end of the day, the Lakers can make a ‘pretty attractive’ offer for Davis. If the Pelicans choose emotions over business, general manager Rob Pelinka and company still have a lot of trade options such as Bradley Beal.