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."
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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.