That’s the verdict of NBA legend and six-time champion Scottie Pippen.
The Lakers have salary cap space to pursue a max free agent in the summer with Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson among the options in a packed 2019 class.
But LA have also long been linked with a trade move for superstar Davis, who has established himself as one of the top-five players in the league at just 25 with New Orleans.
The power forward has been linked with both the Lakers and the Boston Celtics with the Pelicans, who are 12th in the Western Conference with a disappointing 20-22 record.
That’s despite Davis averaging 28.9 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
It has been widely predicted that the five-time All-Star would stay put with the Pelicans until the summer when NOLA can offer him a five-year supermax contract worth in the region of $240million – the largest contract in NBA history.
Davis cannot enter free agency until the summer of 2020 but rejecting the supermax would signal to New Orleans his intention to move teams and therefore force the franchise to find a deal in 2019 rather than lose their cornerstone talent without gaining assets in return.
Three-time All-NBA First Team star Davis has hinted that he could do just that, insisting he values his legacy more than money as he seeks to win titles.
Teaming up with LeBron in southern California could offer him the chance to do so with the four-time MVP tasked with restoring the Lakers’ former glories.
Yet with the Lakers having slipped down the standings in the West, the Lakers could look to force an early move Davis before the February 7 trade deadline – even though it would force them to break up the core of young players they have amassed over the past couple of years.
LeBron had initially accepted his first season in LA would be a year of him adjusting to the Lakers and his team-mates getting used to playing with him.
But with their hopes of ending a five-year post-season drought in danger having fallen down to the final playoff spot while LeBron is out injured, Pippen believes the Lakers could speed up their chase of Davis.
Speaking to ESPN, Chicago Bulls icon Pippen said: “My bold prediction [for the second half of the season] would be for Anthony Davis to get moved to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I see this happening because New Orleans is not having a very good season and I think LeBron James needs a superstar.
“I do believe that’s something the Lakers have to be working on right now in terms of what they’ve seen in the first half of the season and how much LeBron has been able to bring this team up.
“The fact that they realise in terms of beating some of the better teams, Golden State, the Houston Rockets, even OKC, LeBron needs another superstar alongside him. AD would be a perfect fit.”