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Sherman Parsons
December 22, 2018

With young players like Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma on the roster, the Lakers could put together an appealing trade offer if the Pelicans decide it's in their best interest to trade Davis.

That hasn't stopped NFL players from envying their National Basketball Association counterparts before, however, with notable names like Gurley eyeing the big-money commitments of James' league.

Anthony Davis could be the key to propel the Los Angeles Lakers to a team that will legitimately threaten the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors. "But that's just me", Gentry said. The fact that Davis recently hired James' agent - Rich Paul of Klutch Sports - for his agent representation has elevated the belief that Klutch will eventually push the Pelicans to make a deal with the Lakers - or risk losing Davis in free agency.

LOS ANGELES - LeBron James defended his comments about wanting to play with New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, rattling off the names of several other stars he would love to team with and rejecting the notion that he did anything wrong. "I got to play nearly flawless every night to give us a chance to win".

"Of course not, no", James said.

Per ESPN, Davis is under contract for next season with a player option for 2020-21 and is eligible to sign a supermax extension next summer with the Pelicans for $239 million over five years.

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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has adamantly stated during media availability that the team won't trade Davis "under any circumstance".

LeBron realizes the power and platform that he and other players have, and he is determined to let his voice be heard. I love New Orleans.

All of that might not be enough to keep Davis in New Orleans if the team doesn't start winning. We now know the answer, and it's probably not the one James was looking for.

It only makes sense that James - one of the best to ever play the game - would want to team up with Davis.

Davis will try to produce another fantastic performance to add to his already stellar total on the season in the Pelicans' visit to Staples Center.

For LeBron James, the fundamental difference between the National Basketball Association and the NFL is the level of respect shown players by the respective leagues and their team owners.

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