If the Los Angeles Lakers really want Anthony Davis, it could cost them most of their young assets.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the New Orleans Pelicans are well aware of what they’re going to be looking for in exchange for Davis. It is believed that a package of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Ivica Zubac are the starting point with Brandon Ingram potentially also being included in a deal.
While this seems like a reasonable request, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday that the Pelicans feel that Ball has “star potential” and if involved in the Davis trade, he would start for the team.
The Pelicans reportedly see “star” potential in Lonzo Ball, and will start him at point guard if they acquire Ball in a potential Anthony Davis trade, per @taniaganguli.
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“The Pelicans view Ball as a player who would become the starting point guard,” an NBA insider told the Times. “They don’t see Jrue Holiday as a point guard because he ‘doesn’t want to be a point guard.'”
“The sources said the Pelicans would play Ball 35 minutes a night and make sure he ‘would fit’ in with New Orleans so he could become a star,” the article went on to say. While Ball has all the requirements to be a potential All-Star, a change of scenery could do him well. If you need an example, look no further then the Lakers’ point guard before Ball, D’Angelo Russell. Russell, a former second overall draft pick in 2015, has flourished in Brooklyn and could be in line for his first All-Star appearance. Ball could follow suit once he leaves LA.