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The Los Angeles Lakers were unable to pull off a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis prior to the trade deadline Feb. 7, and not everyone loves the team’s chances of consummating a deal this offseason.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently told LeBron Wire’s Erik Garcia Gundersen that he doesn’t know if Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and Co. have enough pieces to entice the Pelicans.
“Do I love their chances? I do not. Because the prime asset they could offer is Brandon Ingram, and Ingram has had a very unfortunate thing happen, and there’s just a lot of uncertainty there,” he said. “I don’t like their chances of pulling it off, but they’ve got to go back to the well.”
Windhorst acknowledged, though, that the 2019 NBA draft lottery could impact a potential offer. If Los Angeles—which owns the 10th-worst record in the league—winds up with a top-three pick, New Orleans may jump at the chance to add a Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett or Ja Morant.
However, the pieces in place may not be enough to swing a deal. The Lakers’ entire roster outside of LeBron James appeared to be available back in February. That included 20