Celtics were willing to discuss Tatum, Brown in Anthony Davis talks

Arnold Nichols
June 17, 2019

Now, the question becomes, what next?

The Lakers and Knicks have not given up on landing Kyrie Irving in free agency.

As a result, the Lakers will have to look to hit the free agent market hard in order to help rebuild a backcourt to pair with their dynamic duo of James and Davis.

The Post reported the Pelicans didn't view any of their young players as having a potential top-15 future.

That leverage now lies squarely in the hands of Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka, who unleashed a godfather offer perhaps larger than the deal Boston made with the Brooklyn Nets to acquire some of the prizes assets included in their deal for Irving. The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers are also facing hard decisions on how much they'd be willing to pay for their roster to maximize their championship window in what's now a wide open Eastern Conference. But that can't possibly bother LeBron James, who celebrated the blockbuster on Saturday.

Lavar Ball, the outspoken father of National Basketball Association point guard Lonzo Ball, criticized the Los Angeles Lakers for trading his son to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Irving has always been rumored to want to go to NY and join Kevin Durant if he also decides to jump ship.

The Lakers, Knicks, and Celtics were all linked into possibly trading for Anthony Davis, but for Boston, it came down to not wanting to part with its Blue Devil, Jayson Tatum. Per ESPN's Bobby Marks, the Lakers could have as much as $32.5 million in space if Davis waives a $4 million trade bonus.

LeBron took to Instagram, where he shared a photo in tribute to the arrival of Davis. He's reconciled with LeBron, and their previous partnership in Cleveland was quite successful.

Davis is a dynamic 6-foot-10 forward who also plays center, shoots with range, runs the floor, blocks shots and can handle the ball. And as we've seen throughout his career, that can be hard to figure out.

It seems obvious that the trio would be great together on the floor, but it obviously comes down to the Lakers' cap situation, and what Irving wants to do.

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