Davis to Lakers unlikely
Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers will be very difficult to pull off, according to ESPN pundit Stephen A Smith.
The New Orleans Pelicans forward has been linked to the Lakers as L.A. look to surround LeBron James with more All-Stars but Smith does not believe expect the Lakers to get a deal done next summer.
“It’ll be very, very difficult. I’m not going to say anything’s impossible, Rich Paul, the agent for him, anything’s possible with him and what he could pull off,” he told First Take.
“I will say this – if I’m the Pelicans, I love these reports about Anthony Davis considering. Considering what? You’re locked in for this season, you locked in for next season. You don’t have a player option until 2020-21.
“Anthony Davis is a generational player, no matter what you trade for you’re not getting equitable value. You can’t swap because Kevin Durant and these guys, you can’t just trade them, you need their approval. All the stars have either got these no-trade clauses or they’ve got that wink-wink deal when you’re not doing a damn thing without their approval.
“Be clear, Anthony Davis is nothing but a superstar, the likes of Anthony Davis that would suffice for Anthony Davis.
“That makes it that much harder that they’re going to be able to get rid of him. If he could opt out of this coming season, that would be different but the fact that they’ve got this season and next season I’m of the mindset that it will be far more difficult to move him than people imagine.
“I know they want to, I know that’s why he’s with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports. Because you’re talking about New York, L.A. or Boston. I don’t want to hear about Philly – no. It’s New York, L.A. or Boston from what I’ve heard.
“Rich Paul represents Ben Simmons too, we’ve got to pay attention to that, but I don’t believe that is the option. I’m trying to figure out how they’re going to do it.”
Rockets told to make Butler decision
The Houston Rockets should sacrifice PJ Tucker to get Jimmy Butler, according to Byron Scott.
Recent reports have suggested that the Rockets have been in contact with the Minnesota Timberwolves to do a deal for want-away guard Butler but that they don’t want to include Tucker in any trade.
Yet Lakers icon Scott believes Butler is worth surrendering the 33-year-old for.
He told The Jump: “I think, as we talked about when Trevor Ariza left, we said, ‘They just dropped a notch below where they were at last year.’
“You get Jimmy Butler, you go a notch-and-a-half above where you were last year. You become a much better basketball team and therefore you are a serious challenge to the Golden State Warriors.
“Jimmy Butler is an All-Star player, on both ends of the floor, he’s going to give you a little bit of everything. The fact you have somebody saying PJ is untouchable, I’m still trying to figure that out.
“The element that he brings to the table is that he’s physical, he’s tough. He brought that type of element to the Houston Rockets and changed the culture of the team.
“To say he’s untouchable when there’s a guy like Jimmy Butler out there that you can get possibly get if you don’t have to get rid of other major assets that can make your team better, I’m still trying to figure that one out.”
Kawhi Leonard future
Toronto Raptors fans should not get excited by Danny Green’s comments on Kawhi Leonard.
That’s the warning from Amin Elhassan after Green insisted: “It looks like he feels at home.”
The ESPN journalist said: “It’s a long year, there’s a lot that can happen. He might end up leaving, he might end up loving it and staying – we don’t know.
“We saw it with Paul George in one situation, we saw it with Dwight Howard coming to LA in a different situation. You never really know until we actually play the year out.”