How so? Well, here's a recent breakdown from Bryan Toporek in Forbes that shows the chances of Butler ending up on the Lakers just became a little more hard as a result of the Davis trade. That will leave them far short of the $32.7 million they'd need to offer a max contract to Butler, Harris or any other free agents with 7-9 years of National Basketball Association experience.
Anthony is the sort of player that would likely sign for minimum contract, and there's been rumors tying the former Knicks star to James and the Lakers since his disastrous stint with the Houston Rockets a year ago.
Whether or not the Lakers land a max-level free agent in a deep class is up for debate, but you can guarantee that they will try.
The Philadelphia 76ers have some big decisions to make with Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick all set to hit free agency.
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The small forward, however, is nearly certain to opt out of the final year of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent next month.
The trade hasn't officially been completed, and isn't expected to go through until July 6 at the earliest, but we can still update the NBA Draft order knowing that the player taken by the Lakers on Thursday eventually will end up in New Orleans along with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. Philadelphia likely can't keep all three, though Butler might be their top priority after he was their best player in the postseason.
Los Angeles will have difficulty filling out their roster this summer. Everyone in and around the league was buzzing about the Los Angeles Lakers landing Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade. James, Davis and Kyle Kuzma are the only players signed that received significant playing time last season.
The impact of Saturday's Anthony Davis trade on the two teams involved is abundantly obvious.