Published: Mon, June 17, 2019
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Lakers Rumors: After Anthony Davis, LA Could Pursue This All-Star Free Agent

Lakers Rumors: After Anthony Davis, LA Could Pursue This All-Star Free Agent

For the Pelicans, they now have their own No 1 pick and the No 4 pick in the NBA Draft.

It's just one of the many rumors following the Lakers around.

The deal has been in the making for months, dating back to January when Davis requested a trade and the Lakers tried but failed to make it happen before the league deadline.

Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists for Boston this season. He had his sights set on playing for the Lakers alongside LeBron James, and the Nuggets still have a promising, young prospect in Michael Porter Jr. that has yet to play. Then the Lakers should come into the season as championship contenders and a tough matchup for the Kings. According to The New York Times' Marc Stein, Kemba Walker will be their top free-agent target. That gives them an opportunity to greatly improve their roster with the right moves this summer, but their rise in the standings still will depend on the growth of players such as De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley.

But their next focus will be free agency, where there are a number of different scenarios which could change their cap space. Sure, they weren't directly involved in the trade in any way, but the impact of the deal will have a far-reaching effect, with the following three items being the biggest ways the Anthony Davis deal could influence the Jazz moving forward.

One of the players that continually gets brought up is Kyrie Irving.

Even if we assume that Davis waives his $4.7 million trade kicker to help the team add another star - who doesn't love free money - the Lakers will only have cleared $32.5 million.

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