Should Desperate Lakers Explore Anthony Davis Trade This Offseason?

It seems far-fetched, the idea of the Lakers exploring a trade of Anthony Davis during the summer, but all things considered … maybe it wouldn’t be so hard to believe.Anthony Davis

For one, the contingent of Davis, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook isn’t getting it done. As it stands, the Lakers are barely in the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

For another, the Lakers aren’t going to trade James and there’s no way they are able to move Westbrook’s bloated contract. They’ve already tried, and not even the Rockets were all that interested in a Westbrook-for-John Wall swap.

And for yet another, Davis has proven to be injury-prone and is often out of action when the Lakers need him most.

Oh, and here’s another thing — Davis would bring the most in return for a team that clearly needs a roster shakeup, as the 37-year old James enters the near-the-rocking-chair stage of his career.

Now, the Lakers have not explored any trade involving Davis. If a rival team has brought up his name in talks, the Lakers have quickly shot it down. But when it comes to Davis in LA, it may be time to start wondering why the Lakers are clinging to him so tightly.

Especially when you factor in that the current lineup is going nowhere, and fast.

Also, minus a trade of Davis, the Lakers stand a good chance of bringing back the same uninspiring roster next season. And who in LA can bear another year of this?

Sadly for Lakers fans, the Lakers themselves actually seem OK with the idea of keeping everyone for another run. Sadly for Lakers fans, the Lakers seem to realize they don’t exactly have a lot of assets to make any sort of real move.

This is something ESPN’s Ramon Shelburne touched on during an appearance on The Hoops Collective Podcast with Brian Windhorst.

“‘Let’s not make a change to make a change,'” Shelburne said, indicating what the Lakers seem to be thinking. “‘Let’s make a change when we know it’s going to make us a lot better.’ And I’ve even heard the phrasing, ‘This is probably going to be the roster next year, too.’

“Now, obviously, the minimum contract guys will change, but I think this is what they’ve got. There was a couple of weird signals I’ve seen since that. I don’t think LeBron’s been in a situation where he just gets told, ‘No,’ flat out very often. Even (Cavaliers owner) Dan Gilbert eventually kind of bent.”

So yeah, it seems if the Lakers really want to try to improve by leaps and bounds, their lone option would be to explore a trade of Davis.

Rather than have a “Big Three” of James, Davis and Westbrook, the Lakers would be able to have a Big (Older) One in James, as well as Westbrook, and the multiple players and assets that Davis would almost definitely bring in return.

Trade Davis? Even the idea sounds insane? Unless the Lakers really want to take a swing at not having this happen again next season.

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