The Lakers are looking to make their next move.
Los Angeles agreed to send Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, to New Orleans in exchange for Anthony Davis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), according to an ESPN report.
But now it is looking to make Charlotte’s Kemba Walker a “top target” since it secured a second All-Star to pair with LeBron James, according to a report from The New York Times.
The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019
Kemba Walker will be a top target in free agency for the Lakers after they reached an agreement in principle to trade for Anthony Davis, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 15, 2019
Walker, 29, is coming off a career year in which he averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists. While the Hornets posted a 39-43 record and missed the playoffs, Walkers made the All-NBA third team and qualified for a supermax contract. But the UConn product even toyed with the idea of taking a pay cut so the Hornets could build around him. He says Charlotte is still at the top of his list, regardless of past performance.
“I don’t know if I’ll sign back with them. I’m not sure. But they are my first priority,” Walker said earlier this week.
“If it doesn’t work out (with the Hornets), I’m definitely prepared to play somewhere else. But I’d love to be in Charlotte.”
The Lakers are also reportedly interested in stars like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and others. Los Angeles appears like it is looking to contend for a championship as soon as possible, as the storied franchise has missed the playoffs for the last six years.