The Los Angeles Lakers may have agreed to terms on a trade to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, but they aren’t done yet. According to multiple reports, the team still has big plans for free agency, plans that could include names like Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker or Jimmy Butler.
There is no scenario where the Lakers can acquire all three, obviously, but they do appear to have plans to pursue all of them and see who comes, with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports being the latest to link L.A. with Butler and Walker:
With James and Davis as the cornerstones of the franchise, the Lakers still have room to add one more star in free agency.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the Laker’s interest in Walker in the aftermath of the Davis trade, as he was almost immediately reported as a top target for the team. There have also been rumblings of the team’s interest in Butler for a while, and increasing smoke about Kyrie Irving as well. It’s almost like the Lakers — a basketball team — wants to sign good basketball players! Or something.
To even have a shot at Walker—or any other pricey free agent—the Lakers will have to wait to officially complete this deal. If it were to go through before July 6, the Lakers wouldn’t be able to create the $32.7 million necessary to sign Walker or another max free agent, such as Kawhi Leonard, who league sources say the Lakers will pursue.
Before we get to anything else, we should address that these are two different reporters saying these things, so one saying that Walker and Butler are “top priorities” does not mean that Leonard isn’t up there just because another reporter didn’t use the same phrasing. Common sense dictates that the Lakers would li