Should the Lakers take Kyrie Irving over Kawhi Leonard?

Oscar Cross
June 29, 2019

After agreeing to a trade to acquire Anthony Davis, the team has about $23 million worth of cap space with the ability to open more if they trade some of the young players they have left.

When a report came out that LeBron James would give up the No. 23 to his newest Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Anthony Davis, it seemed like something of a foregone conclusion that he would shift to the only other number he's worn during his National Basketball Association career.

The team added further space by sending Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards in a trade. The Wizards will send the Pelicans $1.1 million, the Washington Post reported. And unless the team strikes gold and gets lucky with Kawhi Leonard, D'Angelo Russell is the guy to pursue.

The Lakers reportedly acquired Davis from the Pelicans earlier this month in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

Outside of the Nets and Lakers, Irving has also been linked to the New York Knicks in free agency. Can the Los Angeles Lakers land Jimmy Butler away from the Philadelphia 76ers? He wore No. 23 when he joined the Lakers this past season. While these things are generally negotiated between players for some kind of cost, LeBron James is also looking out for Davis in other ways.

Danny Green, Terrence Ross, and Seth Curry are all on the Lakers' radar, according to ESPN and could give LeBron James pretty good complementary pieces to work with.

All of them are good shooters and would allow James to space out the floor better than he did past year in Los Angeles.

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