This season’s Lakers have been perhaps the NBA’s biggest disappointment, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook teaming up to create little more than one gigantic thud.
Of course, there is still time, but for now, the Lakers (31-43) sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, barely in the play-in tournament, with only a little more than a week to go in the season (entering Tuesday’s games).
It hasn’t helped that Davis has again missed multiple games with injuries. Just as he did last season … and the season before that … and on and on it seems to go.
Worse, with multiple larger contracts, the Lakers see little hope for trades, and therfore improvement, during the offseason. That is, unless they explore trades centered on Davis.
We wrote about that possibility last month, and ESPN insider Brian Windhorst said it is indeed something the Lakers may consider.
“I think it’ll be something that’s discussed,” Windhorst said on Get Up, via Lakers Daily.
Davis, 29, is an eight-time All-Star. When healthy, he remains one of the league’s top 10 all-around players, a big man who can dominate and take over games.
But the key words there are “when healthy,” and for the Lakers lately, it’s been not nearly enough. And he was supposed to be the one “young” star on an LA roster that started the season as the oldest in league history.
James, 37, would likely be consulted on any trade idea involving Davis, as much of the roster met his stamp of approval. So if Davis is moved, it’ll be because James is on board with it being the only way to improve the team.
At this point, that might be hard to argue. Because what the Lakers are doing now … well, it’s just not working. And they can’t afford to run it back next season.
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