Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers has been 'in the works of years'

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers has been 'in the works of years'

If the Lakers don't land Davis via trade this year, it's safe to say Magic Johnson will make a run at the National Basketball Association star in 2020. "He's definitely a tone-setter".

"It's not anything that I'm going to have a say-so in or anything else, so we don't bother about it". He's playing the right way. "That's the type of game we have to get back to with guys feeling it from the start". And Kyrie did lead the way, scoring 26 points to go along with 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals.

While his free agency is over a year away, there is already buzz about whether Davis will stay with the New Orleans Pelicans, in part because the team isn't close to contending for a championship.

"Marcus (Smart) brings, and (Aron) Baynes, they bring such a level of grit to our group and I think that I wanted to see what that would look like with Marcus Smart in the starting lineup", Stevens said. At 10-10 after 20 games, their hopes of making a title run are certainly not gone but systems like 538's projected this to be a 54-win team coming into the season.

Neither team is particularly happy with where it is right now as they prepare to meet Monday night in the Smoothie King Center.

Coach Alvin Gentry, star Anthony Davis and the Pelicans have repeatedly said they are focused strictly on this season.

His biggest impact came early, as the Celtics played some spectacular perimeter and pick-and-roll defense from the jump.

"I mean there's a reason why we signed him back", said Irving. "So, I got to play nearly flawless every night to give us a chance to win".

Boston are supposedly on the list of teams he would consider joining, however the "Rose Rule" prevents the Celtics from essentially trading for Davis with Kyrie Irving on his current contract.

"I feel like the season is kind of like a rollercoaster", guard Jrue Holiday said. The Celtics acquired Irving via trade in August 2017, so they can not deal for Davis - or any other player that has signed such an extension - until Irving leaves or agrees to a new deal. The Celtics have an abundance of talent, but it is about chemistry and players working as a unit to be successful. It was an all-around effort with Horford (20 points), Tatum (20 points) and Morris (19 points, 11 rebounds) all enjoying big nights. At the same time New Orleans was struggling in a 124-107 home loss to the Boston Celtics.

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