The Los Angeles Lakers have tons of question marks this coming season. Where will they fall in the West? Will Russell Westbrook be part of the team on opening night? Will Darvin Ham make the difference? And will Anthony Davis be traded?!?!
Anthony Davis was acquired on a blockbuster deal in the summer of 2019 and was an instant hit. The Lakers ended up winning a championship in AD’s freshman year in Los Angeles, but have failed to replicate the success or even come close to doing so in the past two years.
This comes at the expense of LeBron having nagging minor injuries but ultimately Anthony Davis missing time through injury. Davis is dominant when healthy but hasn’t been able to stay on the court the past two seasons.
Heavy.com’s Adam Taylor explains why a Western Conference executive thinks Los Angeles could potentially trade the star big man.
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“Some in this organization wouldn’t mind seeing what they can bring back for AD, but they wouldn’t with LeBron there. You get to 2024, though, and maybe things are changing. .”
“The Lakers have Alzheimer’s for another two years, and they can only hope he stays healthy. But after that, they have to think, is this guy really our future? He doesn’t can’t stay on the floor. And he has to think, do I want to be here without LeBron? That’s why the Lakers don’t want to give up on these future picks.
Davis is under contract through the 2023-24 season. Given LeBron’s murky future with the team and his desire to one day play with his eldest son Bronny, there’s no guarantee James will be a Laker by the final year of Davis’ contract.
The former Kentucky Wildcat is just 29 years old and a force to be reckoned with when on the field. The problem is that he has hardly been on the pitch since arriving in Los Angeles, especially the last two seasons.
Admittedly, the body was given little time to heal due to the rapid ramp-up of the start of NBA seasons due to COVID. But, AD missed a considerable amount of time and it hurt the Lakers in the meantime.
The front office has time to move the NBA champion. They should try again with AD, however, if he can’t stay healthy they should cut ties with the 8-time All-Star. Your best ability is your availability and if AD is not available there is no point in keeping it.