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The Lakers struck out in their attempts to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to trade Anthony Davis before the deadline.

They did get a couple deals done; first with Reggie Bullock joining from the Pistons for Svi Mykhailiuk before a last-minute trade with the LA Clippers which saw Ivica Zubac and Michael Beasley move for Mike Muscala.

That helped opened up a roster spot for the Lakers to go into the buyout market, with Carmelo Anthony heavily linked.

But now their main focus will turn to free agency on July 1 and which players they can attract to join LeBron James.

This summer could potentially see the likes of Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Irving and several other top stars become available.

A number of reports in recent weeks have suggested the Boston Celtics are growing increasingly concerned that Irving is having second thoughts about re-signing with them at the end of the campaign.

That has also led to speculation that he could be set to join the Lakers.

However, Wojnarowski has vehemently ruled out the Lakers of being a destination for the point guard.

“The hope in L.A. is that they would use their cap space, sign a big free agent in July and then trade,” Wojnarowski said on Hoop Streams.

“Use their young players and picks and trade for the third star, ideally Anthony Davis.

“If somehow Anthony Davis lingers on the New Orleans roster and Boston… what’s the case scenario in Boston? Kyrie Irving leaves and Boston decides not to offer as much, doesn’t offer Jayson Tatum and the Lakers get back in this.

“I guess it could come back to them where they end up with the three stars.

“But who’s the second star coming in in free agency?

“While I’m not going to rule them out with a few of the big stars, I think things are really going to have to break right for them to get one of the elite free agents.

“I don’t think they’re a frontrunner for any of them.

“I don’t think they’re a frontrunner for Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard.

“I certainly know they’re not getting Kyrie Irving.

“They need a lot of things to break right, but they may have to roll over that space again this summer, sign someone to that big one-year contract and then get back into free agency in 2020 when they could sign Anthony Davis, if he’s traded somewhere else and not wanting to stay.”

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