Klay Thompson reportedly interested in Lakers if team lands Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis’ request that the New Orleans Pelicans trade him sent shockwaves through the NBA, and amid the fallout is a report that Klay Thompson would be interested in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers should the team somehow land the superstar.
The Lakers are said to be all-in on figuring out a way to acquire Davis, the sooner the better. That said, the Pelicans issued a statement Monday indicating the organization will handle the situation at their own pace.
Either way, if the Lakers, regardless of the timing, can bring Davis to L.A., Thompson reportedly may be intrigued by a “Big Three” pairing featuring himself, Davis and LeBron James once he hits free agency this summer.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski made an appearance Monday night on “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt” and laid out a potential Davis-and-Thompson-to-Los Angeles scenario.
“Klay Thompson’s attention will be on the Los Angeles Lakers if they acquire Anthony Davis.” –@wojespn #LakeShow #NBA #Lakers— Lakers Raw (@LakersRaw) January 29, 2019
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“The best-case scenario for the Lakers is: they add Anthony Davis and then Golden State doesn’t offer Klay Thompson a max contract,” Wojnarowski said. “They try to get Klay to take a little bit less than the max and if that happens I’m told Klay’s attention will be on the Lakers if they have Anthony Davis.”
Wojnarowski has since reported that it’s believed Davis will inform teams he prefers to be dealt to the Lakers.
That said, obstacles remain for the Lakers to navigate in order to fulfill Woj’s speculated proposition. First, there will be an increase in bidders if Davis remains on the market all the way into the offseason instead of being dealt ahead of the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline.
Chief among interested suitors at that point would be the Boston Celtics, as the “Rose Rule” prohibits the team from trading for Davis during the season.
Meanwhile, the latest reports indicate Thompson is expected to remain with the Warriors. It goes without saying though, that Davis joining the Lakers conceivably could be a game-changer for Thompson in his impending free agency.