The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly remain in position to make a major splash by potentially targeting New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis in a trade and Toronto Raptors small forward Kawhi Leonard as a free agent next summer.
On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Real GM) provided updates on both situations, starting with the Lakers' desire to keep their future assets for possible talks with New Orleans.
"Here's the line they have to walk: They're not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they have to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer either pre- or post-free agency," he reported.
"They can't change the geography. They can't change the weather in Toronto. Those were always be things against them in this," Wojnarowski said. "Home and L.A. has been the focus for Kawhi Leonard through all of this."
McCollum and the Blazers Snapped Postseason Losing Streak for "Jennifer"
Stars Invest in Plant-Based Food as Vegetarianism Sweeps NBA
The NBA Got Some Wild Techs This Season
Jarrett Allen Is One of the NBA’s Hottest Rim Protectors
Wade's Jersey Swaps Created Epic Moments This Season
Westbrook Makes History While Honoring Nipsey Hussle
Devin Booker Makes History with Scoring Tear
29 Years Ago, Jordan Dropped Career-High 69 Points
Bosh Is Getting His Jersey Raised to the Rafters in Miami
Steph Returns to Houston for 1st Time Since His Moon Landing Troll
Lou Williams Is Coming for a Repeat of Sixth Man of the Year
Pat Beverley Has the Clippers Stealing the LA Shine
LeBron Keeps Shredding NBA Record Books
Young's Hot Streak Is Heating Up the ROY Race with Luka
LeBron and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album
Wade's #OneLastDance Dominated February
Warriors Fans Go Wild After Unforgettable Moments with Steph
Eight Years Ago, the Nuggets Traded Melo to the Knicks
Two Years Ago, the Kings Shipped Boogie to the Pelicans
ASG Will Be Competitive Again If the NBA Raises the Stakes
Although it's merely speculation at this stage, adding Davis and Leonard to a lineup headlined by LeBron James is exactly what the Lakers need to become a major championship threat.
Los Angeles sports a 17-11 record this season thanks to James and a supporting cast filled with young players, including Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. But the NBA is centered around high-end star power, especially come playoff time, and the team still falls short in that category.
"The absolute dream scenario, people talk about (how) they can trade for Anthony Davis or sign a free agent," Woj said. "The dream scenario is they do both."
A lot of things must fall into place before the Lakers feature a starting lineup with James, Davis and Leonard. There's no suggestion a trade for Davis is anywhere close, and a lot can change between now and next summer with Leonard.
So it's still a pipe dream, but the fact that there's still a path for L.A. to create that superstar triumvirate should be enough to get the team's fanbase excited.