LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis were part of every trade rumor in the last few weeks.
Stephen A. Smith warned King James about the chance of Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant joining the Los Angeles Clippers instead of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“In LeBron James, who by the way is my league MVP right now, if you look at LeBron James and how he plays the game of basketball, he’s basically a point guard. He’s your point forward. He runs the team, he calls the plays, he picks up mismatches and he does all those different things,” Smith tweeted.
“There is no doubting the greatness of LeBron James but listen to what KD said. Talking about Kawhi wanting the ball in his hands, wanting to be in the post, wanting to live in the post when he chooses to and when he wants to; wanting to be able to have the power to do that himself as opposed to standing around and being a spectator to LeBron James, leaving all the decision-making to LeBron.”
“That may not be the situation that Kawhi wants to be in. If he were to join KD, particularly with the LA Clippers, then Kawhi could do what he wants. He could play on the perimeter,that’s fine. He could play in the post, that’s fine because KD has the ability to adjust because he roams out on the perimeter.He’s a long-range sniper; he can sit out there and shoot 40 percent from three-point range just like Kawhi has.”
“He cans core on the break; he can score in a myriad of ways and more importantly,because of his efficiency, he doesn’t hold the ball like LeBron. He either takes the shot, takes it to the hole or gives it up. That’s what he does so it ultimately gives other team-mates around him the room and the time to operate. I think both KD and LeBron are obviously great but in terms of styles… when you look at what KD brings to the table with Kawhi, as far as I’m concerned being about 14-15 per cent better from the free-throw line than LeBron, being a better a perimeter shooter and all-around shooter than LeBron. You couple that with Kawhi and how he plays, I don’t think there’s any question that Kawhi with KD is a better match.”
Anthony Davis may ink a deal with the Lakers even if they eye another All-Star.
“Beal is the guy. If you traded for Beal then you could flip him for Davis next summer possibly. I think that would be the guy. You don’t give up Ingram for nothing. You get an All-Star like Beal, he’d be great in L.A,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks said.