LaVar Ball Claims He Wanted Lakers to Trade Lonzo All Along

Tanya Simon
June 18, 2019

There are many who believe the Lakers got the better end of the deal since AD is a top 5 player in the league and with the Warriors core out of commission, creates a seismic shift in the league when in tandem with LeBron. Unless somebody inexplicably agrees to sign in LA for less than the max, this eliminates the possibility of Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard becoming the Lakers' third star.

While this deal is not official yet, the Lakers are certainly planning for what's next. If the trade is finalized on July 6, that number shrinks to $27.7 million - a number lowered to $23.7 million with Davis' trade kicker.

Now, the team must begin the quest to fill out the remainder of the roster for the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season.

The Los Angeles Lakers made their big move for another superstar on Saturday, making a blockbuster trade for New Orleans Pelicans All-NBA forward Anthony Davis.

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The player of the Pelicans' choosing that the Lakers will draft at No. 4 overall will not be signed by LA.

If they are unable to get another max player, they will have cap space to fill out the roster with some good role players. While they are still in the hunt for max players, Lowe reports they "also have begun discussing players expected to fetch somewhere in that $10 million-plus range".

When the trade becomes official, the Lakers will likely figure out what their next step will be.

Plenty can happen from now until the official start of free agency next month, but when it comes to Philadelphia, it's still hard not to view them as the favorites at the moment to land Butler, especially now that Davis has made the Lakers possibility unlikely to happen.

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