With the addition of Anthony Davis to the squad, the Lakers appear to be many people’s favorites to win the championship for the 2020 season. News broke out yesterday that Davis would waive his $4 million trade bonus in order to give the Lakers enough cap space to sign another max player, which many think could be Kawhi Leonard. Although it’s still uncertain as to who the Los Angeles head office will pursuit, the team will head into free agency looking to build up the current squad.
In news revealed by Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, LeBron James is set to give up his No. 23 jersey next season and will pass it on to Davis, who appears to be very appreciative of the gesture. The former Pelicans’ star has worn the No. 23 since the start of his career, so it’s only natural for him to keep it. However, James is no stranger to another number, as between 2010 and 2014, he wore the No. 6 in Miami.
The best bet the Lakers could make would be to keep Davis happy, considering the squad is thin enough as is. The L.A. team is already considered a favorite to win the championship, so surrounding their current stars with quality role players could be another options, aside from an all-star.
LeBron James is giving Anthony Davis his jersey No. 23, sources tell @ChrisBHaynes.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) June 27, 2019