Their division rival, the Phoenix Suns.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, the Suns have reached out to both the Lakers and the Pelicans and made it clear that they are interested in joining the trade as a third team.
The Suns have their eyes on Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who would be a great fit for the young Suns.
It’s not clear what the Suns could offer outside of their 2019 first round pick, which I assume is completely off the table, but they do have other draft picks and young players such as Dragan Bender, to throw into the fray.
Lonzo’s father, LaVar, ruined the appeal of Lonzo for the Pelicans, after he made comments about his desire to see Lonzo in Phoenix instead, recently.
According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans “want no part of the Ball circus.”
This would make the inclusion of the Suns in trade talks beneficial, as it gets Ball a clear landing spot, and provides the Lakers with more assets to offer New Orleans.
Lakers’ Optimistic About Kyrie Irving
After the acquisition of Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers are feeling pretty good about their chances of landing another high-profile free agent.
According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, a source close to Lakers’ star LeBron James said that the Lakers were optimistic that they can land point guard Kyrie Irving, prior to the Davis deal.
While the Davis deal could have changed things for the Lakers, it may not completely rule out the addition of Irving as well.
According to The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Irving has expressed a desire to play with Davis.
Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him
Johnson, appearing on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, pointed the finger of blame at Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him during his tenure, and took to task during his appearance on the show.
Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks
The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.
Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.
Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.
Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.
Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.
Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.
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