3. Mavericks land superstar big
The first sign-and-trade scenario is the most simple of the three.
**Sign-and-trade: Kyrie Irving agrees to four years, $210 million contract
LeBron James would finally play with Irving again while the Mavericks land their first elite front-court player since Dirk Nowitzki retired.
This trade only works if the Lakers aren't confident in Anthony Davis' ability to stay healthy or if he wants out. Which could be a possibility.
About three months ago, LeBron James made history when he moved to number one on the NBA's all-time scoring list passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The entire Lakers team was standing up in support of their teammate breaking the record except for Davis.
He was sitting down and didn't seem happy for the teammate that help him win the 2020 NBA Championship. Davis later came out and said that he wasn't standing up because he was frustrated about the game, but it is still an interesting situation.
Is losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder a bigger deal than supporting your teammate as he makes history? No one will ever truly know if that was the real reason he was sitting down, but the Lakers may want to move on from Davis depending on how their season turns out.
The Lakers would gain a superstar point guard to play alongside James through the end of his contract, while the Mavericks get a cornerstone of the franchise to anchor their defense.