The Los Angeles Lakers may try to trade for Anthony Davis this summer. However, Stephen A. Smith has something else to say.
that there is one particular reason that could spoil the Lakers’ change to land
The Lakers will
have to make a few bold decisions this offseason. The team will now focus on
the Draft Lottery. LA has enough cap space to sign Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard,
Kyrie Irving or any other free agent.
The team is also
expected to sign a third star. Is it Davis? The Boston Celtics will be their
biggest rivals in that case.
Rob Pelinka’s reputation
may also affect the process of sealing a deal.
“Rob Pelinka, a person that I respect as an agent, who was
accomplished as an agent,” Smith said
on ESPN’s First Take. “But as an executive for the
Los Angeles Lakers, whether they’re telling the truth or lying, the story
circulating throughout NBA circles is that very, very few teams like him
because he’s made a lot of enemies along the way.
“Folks don’t return his phone calls, they don’t pick up the
phone to answer him when he does call. These
are the things that they say about him. It may
be grossly exaggerated. He may be being lied upon, but it’s said about him
LeBron James was shocked by Magic Johnson’s decision to resign.
“It was just weird for [Johnson] to just be like . . . ‘Nah, I’m
out of here,’ ” LeBron said in
an episode of The Shop. “And not even have [a heads-up] like: ‘Hey, Bron . . . kiss my
a–. I’m out of here.’ I would have been okay with that. Like: ‘Hey, Bron, it’s
Magic. Kiss my a–; I’m gone.’ It wasn’t even that.
“What do you mean [stepped down]?” LeBron recalls telling Mims.
“Like, from out of his car? I’m like: ‘Man, get the f— out of my face. You’re
“We were like, ‘Damn, right now?’ It was literally 70 minutes on
the clock before [tip-off]. [The team] is getting ready for a game. And you
decide to do that right here, right now? I feel like there’s a time and place
for things, and I believe that you knew you were going to make that decision.
So why would you do it here? And why would you do it now?”
Smith believes that
LeBron may reconsider his position in the team.
“If you’re LeBron James, why would you want to be in this
situation in L.A.?” Smith said. “Where
it’s Jeanie Buss there, Rob Pelinka there, it’s Linda Rambis there.”