"It's New Orleans' problem today, and a problem with a different player tomorrow for the rest of us", one Eastern Conference GM told Wojnarowski.
Several GMs told ESPN that they reached out to New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps to express dismay over what they perceive as the NBA's tacit endorsement of James' comments to ESPN's Dave McMenamin calling the possibility of Davis' arrival as "amazing" and "incredible". "Obviously, it's cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me".
After the Lakers failed to pair James with a superstar in the summer of 2018 despite opening up salary cap space to do so, landing a big fish like Davis would give the team a realistic championship path, even as James, who turns 34 later this month, continues to age. "If we're 15-17, that means I'm not doing my job".
The three-man big rotation with Randle, Nikola Mirotic and superstar Anthony Davis has given the Pelicans possibly the deepest and most versatile frontcourt in the entire National Basketball Association. Davis is too good, and there would be too many bidders to play that game with New Orleans.
"When that time comes, of course we will see", Davis said. "I'm happy for my teammates, and all that type of stuff, but it's just a situation where I knew it was time to move on". "It's hard enough already to hold onto the kind of players we need to try and win with - but (the league) doesn't do anything to help". "I love New Orleans", it may be nice for him to share the load with another perennial MVP contender. The Lakers seemingly have the pieces to pull off a trade, and the Western Conference seems more wide open than years past with the Golden State Warriors looking mortal.
With young players like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma on the roster, the Lakers could put together an appealing trade offer if the Pelicans decide it's in their best interest to trade Davis. He's averaging 28.0 points per game for the Pelicans this season, good for third in the National Basketball Association.