The Los Angeles Lakers are in danger of even losing the Play-In Tournament this season. Should there be changes in the summer, even an Anthony Davis trade should no longer be ruled out.
As Brian Windhorst (ESPN) at the Raise! explained, the Lakers will make changes to their roster over the summer and explore countless opportunities. Even an Anthony Davis trade should not be ruled out. “I think this is something they are going to discuss,” the Lakers source said.
The forward played a key role in the franchise’s 2020 victory and signed a five-year contract for nearly $190 million the following offseason. Since then, however, AD has only played 73 out of a possible 147 games due to injuries.
The 29-year-old has only made 37 appearances this season after injuring his knee in December and his foot just before the All-Star Break. Since then, the Lakers have won just four of their 17 games and have now dropped to 11th in the West. According to Chris Haynes (Yahoo Sports) Davis could make his comeback against New Orleans on Saturday night.
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Jake Fisher from Bleacher report disagreed with the Windhorst report. “You’re not going to trade it,” Fischer said of the forehead rumors. “They gave up a lot to get him out of New Orleans. They went all-in to put Davis alongside LeBron and I would be shocked if they gave up on that in the offseason.”
The Lakers traded for Davis in the 2019 offseason, sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, the 2019 fourth pick and three other first-round picks to New Orleans. In 135 games for the Lakers so far, Davis has averaged 24.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks with a shooting rate of 51% from field and 28.6% from distance.