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Will the Lakers really trade Anthony Davis?


As the Lakers continued to lose, the NBA world expected a deal with Russell Westbrook. He may not be the only All-Star to leave LA.

Talk to Kevin O’Connor above Bill Simmons Sunday Podcast, Simmons suggested that Anthony Davis could join the block. Simmons said, “There’s been some rumor that AD might be available… a Plan B because the Westbrook trade… doesn’t even make sense. You have Davis here, who I don’t think looks like that. same for a few years I don’t know what the end of this Laker team will be, but I do Pelicans have their pick. and whatever they have, I don’t think it’s fixable in a way that makes them a playoff team. “

O’Connor replied, “I think he should be on the table. Whether he gets it or not depends largely on … what’s the profit?”

O’Connor also notes that Davis is simply not the effective scorer he used to be. Davis is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor, but only 23.1 percent from three-point range, the third consecutive season he’s shooting under 30 percent from the deep. Of the 50 Lakers with the most isolation games in the AD era, The Brow ranks 48th in scoring efficiency across those ISOs. Davis doesn’t like to play in the center, but his erratic shooting makes it hard for the Lakers to have distance when he’s playing four.

Davis also seems to be less likely to engage in offense as the game goes on. He averaged 22.5 points per game – but only 8 points in the second half and only 3 points in the fourth. In the fourth quarter, Davis averaged 2.5 shots, placing him fifth on the team. , and his plus/minus score is -2.8. Against the Pelicans, AD only took two shots in the second half and none in the fourth.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham admits that Davis didn’t get the ball, but explained that not calling the big man’s plays was not the problem. “These guys are not rookies… He was lucky enough to call me his own number,” Ham told reporters after the loss. “We were trying to keep him going, trying to get Bron to do some post action and some step up and roll. It’s not like we weren’t trying.”

The Lakers are currently 2-7, and they don’t have a first pick of their own. If they rematch this team, Davis is the only asset they have that could offer anything good in return – most of Westbrook’s commercial scenarios leave the Lakers more head-to-head in the first leg. A deal may not happen for a while, but it seems increasingly clear that Davis is no longer untouchable.

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