Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.
- It's been looming since last December and was thought to be dead after February, but the Los Angeles Lakers FINALLY landed Anthony Davis in a trade.
- Now that the LA has pushed its chips to the middle of the table, what do they do next?
- Rob Perez (WorldWideWob) has some thoughts.
Who would have guessed that all it took to get showtime back in Los Angeles was less Magic.
Here’s what we know:
Here’s what we’ll learn over the next few weeks:
There is no other way to put this: the Lakers are as all-in as they have ever been right now. Remember that whole “surround LeBron with all the up-and-coming young guys and let them develop under his wing” strategy?
That’s gone. Forever.
If they don’t win a championship in the next three seasons, or whenever LeBron/Anthony Davis’ contracts expire, this trade is structured in a way that could potentially go down as more damaging than the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics blockbuster of 2013.
But guess what? Nobody will care if they bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to LA. Soldiers die in war, but flags last forever.
The Lakers put themselves in this situation the moment the ink on LeBron’s contract dried. He was 33 years old when he signed, and you have to imagine father time is coming for him the same way it has come for so many of the game’s greats before.
The evidence is already showing: