The Los Angeles Lakers were the first team to make a splash in the NBA offseason, trading away young players and picks to bring Anthony Davis to the purple and gold.
Since then, the Lakers have stayed busy, pulling off several moves in the span of just a few hours on Thursday that put the team in position to sign another superstar and form a new “Big 3” alongside Davis and LeBron James.
One critical part of the Lakers having enough space to bring in another player was Anthony Davis’ decision to waive a $4 million trade kicker that he was entitled to, giving Los Angeles the $32 million necessary to offer a max deal to a potential incoming free agent.
When news broke that James had opted to give Davis No. 23 just hours after Davis gave up his $4 million bonus, fans on Twitter were quick to get conspiratorial, believing the two decisions were related.
A cryptic tweet from LeBron kicked speculation into high gear
NBA fans might have left things there, but a cryptic tweet from James late Thursday night