Even when the Lakers seem to win, they find a way to lose.
The Los Angeles Lakers finally pulled off the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade, but there work wasn’t done as they want to bring a third superstar to Los Angeles.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers front office seemingly forgot about clearing up enough cap space while negotiating the deal with New Orleans and are now “scrambling” to trade other players on their roster not named LeBron James or Kyle Kuzma.
On Thursday morning’s edition of ESPN’s The Jump, Ramona Shelburne explained further how the Lakers had to embarrassingly call the Pelicans front office in hopes that they could shed some more contracts to create space for another All Star.
“They went all the way down the road and it’s been described to me as a ‘the Lakers called back,’ after everything had been discussed about this,” Shelburne says.
“The way this trade was constructed, this should have been first and foremost on their minds as they were talking to the Pelicans,” she said. “This should have been central to the conversations with the Pelicans and my understanding is that it was not.”
The Lakers are still in the midst of “engaging additional teams” in an effort to trade Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to basically get them to their ultimate goal of satisfying CBA rules on creating $32M in cap space.