The Los Angeles Lakers might have strung a couple of wins together, but they’re still sitting in 14th place within the Western Conference standings.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, their roster is poorly constructed, and without finding some additional talent to help improve the teams’ chances, there’s a very real possibility the Lakers could miss the playoffs for the second straight season. However, outside of their 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks, Los Angeles is limited in terms of legitimate trade assets.
According to a Western Conference Executive, who spoke with Heavy on Sports NBA Insider Sean Deveney, under the condition of anonymity, Anthony Davis’ recent performances are likely to have garnered interest from around the league, and now, he’s likely the Lakers’ best trade asset should they look to the trade market to turn their season around.
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“Besides the picks? Yes. But even that, it depends on the team. For a guy like Giannis or Luka, there would be 29 teams willing to make a deal. Davis, because of the injuries, that group is smaller. Phoenix might be willing to gamble. The Bulls would because he is a Chicago guy. The Bucks have explored getting Davis there before, too. Big-market teams that want a home run, like the Knicks or Nets – they would be in the mix, too. But his value has taken a pretty big hit, obviously, in the last few years,” The executive said.
Through his first 13 games this season, Davis has been performing like a superstar, providing the Lakers with 25.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 54.8% from the floor, so it would be no surprise if teams began gauging the Lakers interest in trading the star big man.
Western Conference Coach Questions Davis’ Defense
A significant issue with the Lakers’ current roster construction, is their lack of a true rim-protector outside of Davis. Usually, the star big man prefers to operate alongside a rim-running center, which limits his obligations in defending the paint and allows him to become more of a wing-stopper on the perimeter.
According to a Western Conference coach, who also spoke with Deveney under the condition of anonymity, the …read more