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The Los Angeles Lakers are at an interesting spot in their season. With the trade deadline approaching, they have been one of the teams experts and fans have been talking about possibly making moves before February 7 at 3 PM. Their hopes of making a splash increased substantially when Pelicans forward Anthony Davis requested a trade on January 28. If Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations, can work his Magic (pun intended) and get Anthony Davis, the Lakers could be working towards being the next NBA super team by next season. Don't believe me? Keep reading.
Bron and the Brow
For this super team scenario to work at all, the Lakers must get Anthony Davis. The timing of Davis's trade request helps out LA because their biggest competition for Davis is the Boston Celtics. The Celtics, however, can't trade for Davis because he and Celtics guard Kyrie Irving have a designated rookie exception in their contracts. In a weird rule in the CBA, a team can't have two players with that kind of contract on their team. This forces the Celtics to wait until the summer before they can make a move on Davis.
Magic Johnson now has a week and a half to work on a deal for the Brow. The Pelicans will have a high asking price for Anthony Davis, which might force the Lakers to part ways with some of their young talents. Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Ivica Zubac are some of the players New Orleans might ask to be a part of the trade, along with some draft picks. If Magic Johnson can let go of some of these young players, they could be able to land Davis.
If Anthony Davis can be traded to the Lakers and paired with LeBron James, that will be one of the more dominant duos in the NBA. Davis is already a generational talent, and you pair him with a G.O.A.T. in James, that will be a scary combination. This will help the Lakers get back on track this season. So, let's say that hypothetically, Davis does end up in LA with LeBron. This upcoming offseason is where the Lakers super team will be born.
The Lakers want Davis... bad.
The New Super Team
If the Brow (Anthony Davis if you didn't know by now) comes to LA, he will likely re-sign with them. This will now make LA an appealing option for the throng of possible free agents this summer. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Klay Thompson could all become free agents this summer. The Lakers should have enough cap space to get attention from at least one of these players.
There have been reports that Klay Thompson might consider the Lakers this offseason if the Warriors don't offer him a max contract and the Lakers get Anthony Davis. Klay Thompson would be the perfect fit for the Lakers—a lethal three-point shooter who is also and elite defender. There have also been rumors that Kyrie Irving wouldn't mind rejoining LeBron in LA, giving the Lakers a shot-creating point guard. If any of these two players join LeBron and Davis, they would be one of the more dominant super teams in the league.
The Lakers have the potential to become one of the league's most dangerous super teams. Magic Johnson has a lot of work to do in order for that to happen. He needs to take advantage of the window Davis created with his trade request and get him to LA. He then needs to re-sign Davis and attract one more star to Los Angeles in the offseason. Magic Johnson was hired as President of Basketball Operations for this exact purpose: To bring star power to LA. The floor is yours, Earvin, work your magic.