Earlier this week, Rich Paul, the agent for LeBron James and Anthony Davis, made it known that Davis wants to be traded by the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA superstar received a $50,000 fine for the public comments made by his agent, but his intentions remain the same: leave the Pelicans.
Immediately after the news was announced, the Los Angeles Lakers emerged as the heavy favorite to trade for Davis. Rumors of Davis wanting to be a member of the Lakers go back to years ago and it looks like that is his desired destination today as well.
The Lakers will have competition, however, namely from the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics will be "aggressive" in their pursuit of the five-time All-Star.
Woj went on to say that the Lakers are Davis' "focus" and that if another team trades for the Pelicans' star he will be a rental until he's a free agent in 2020.
If the Lakers are in fact Davis' preferred destination, the team should act fast in order to avoid competing with the Boston Celtics on trade packages.
Of course, the Pelicans hold the final decision and could decide they don't want to trade Davis to a Western Conference opponent.