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Outsider’s Perspective: There remains regret about Julius Randle’s departure and common sense dictates Lakers will have hard time trading for Anthony Davis

A interview with SB Nation editor Christian Rivas.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the matchup we’ve all loathed has finally arrived as the Pelicans are in Los Angeles for a matchup with the Lakers Friday night.

In our Outsider’s Perspective series we go deep into each Pelicans opponent by gathering various contributors and editors from around the basketball community. Our latest edition hooked us up with the Deputy editor of SB Nation’s Silver Screen and Roll, Christian Rivas. Christian gives us his thoughts on the Anthony Davis circus, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle’s exit out of Los Angeles and into NOLA. Be sure to follow Christian on Twitter @radrivas and enjoy our latest installment of Outsider’s Perspective.

  1. Normally, we spend this time asking about the opposing team’s success, but we’ll get right to the elephant in the room: The Anthony Davis to Los Angeles rumors are going nowhere anytime soon. We know what many fans and national media think, but what side of the fence are you on? Do you believe Davis to LA is almost as good as a done deal? Or is it another player the world is penciling in to the Lakers a bit too early?
NBA: Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

I think $230 million is a lot of money to turn down. I also think if Davis decided it wasn’t going to work out in New Orleans, the Lakers would be at the bottom of the list of teams the Pelicans would want to deal with, not because they lack the assets to make a deal for A.D., but simply because they’re the Lakers.

2. One player many point if the Lakers are to trade for any star is Brandon Ingram. From my standpoint, Ingram just appears to be a guy who needs his own space to operate and the ball in his hands more from a confidence perspective. That, of course, along with the long stated physical improvements he could use. We’ve seen him play effectively in flashes but not enough to seemingly have a future in LA. What say you? What’s been the biggest factor in him underperforming as a Laker? Is the chatter about him just a bunch of white noise?

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Ingram has been a weird fit next to LeBron James so far, to say the least, but it’s way too early to say he doesn’t have a future with the Lakers. He hasn’t been able to get into any sort rhythm this season because of the suspensions early in the season and most recently the ankle sprain he suffered earlier this month. If by the end of the season he still looks out of place, I expect him to be moved, whether it’s for A.D. or another veteran that can help the Lakers.

3. Julius Randle has fit in quite nicely as expected in New Orleans, having a career year and continuing his pattern of improving every season. What were your thoughts about the Lakers not keeping Randle in free agency. Have they changed at all now?

NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

My thoughts on how the Lakers handled Randle haven’t wavered. There is no reason he shouldn’t be on the team, especially because the front office fell short of their two max free agent dreams. He was the first piece of their rebuild and arguably their best since it started. It definitely hurts to see him having the season he’s having in New Orleans.

4. What’s the biggest misconception about the Lakers?

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest misconception about the Lakers is probably that Lonzo Ball is a bust. He’s certainly no Jrue Holiday, but he has the potential to be a good player in this league for a long time, even if his shot never comes around. He’s just that impactful on both ends.

5. Outside Perspective on the Pelicans?

The Pelicans are a fun team, but they’re still a few pieces away from being anything more than that, in my opinion. I think there’s a small chance they make the playoffs unless they make a splashy trade before the deadline, and even then, the top half of the Western Conference might be too talented for them to sneak in. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis are so talented, but they can’t do it all on their own.

That was our time with Christian and the Silver Screen and Roll. We thank him again for sparing us some time out of his busy schedule.

Game Prediction:

The Anthony Davis hailstorm is overshadowed by Julius Randle’s return from injury and a revenge game for the ages in a 117-109 victory over LeBron’s Lakers. Enjoy the game and always Geaux Pels!