The Los Angeles Lakers are going through fairly a conundrum.
At 2-8, the squad has way more issues than it does wins, and whereas Russell Westbrook appears to have discovered an invigorated fervor in his bench position, L.A.’s porous protection, horrific taking pictures woes and LeBron James’ newfound hunch has it sitting on the league’s backside shelf.
The group’s present predicament is so perplexing that rumors have surfaced surrounding the Lakers’ willingness to commerce celebrity Anthony Davis.
It is a actuality that is practically unimaginable to fathom for Nick Wright.
“Before the year, I said the roster as presently constituted cannot win,” Wright mirrored Tuesday on “First Things First.” “Check the tape, I said ‘look at that schedule, you might start 2-8, and at 2-8, you might’ve dug yourself too big of a hole.’ Well, I woke up this morning, they’re 2-8, and we’re talking about trading Anthony Davis!”
Wright argued that if the Lakers must be buying and selling any participant, it must be Westbrook.
“I didn’t think that Russell Westbrook would still be on the team at this point in the year,” he stated. “I believed they might notice ‘uh oh, the team’s damaged, we now have one approach to drastically change the roster. We dedicated to LeBron, we had been wiling to do this when he agreed to his extension.’ And now they don’t seem to be doing it, and now they’re 2-8. What I did not consider is that they’d get to 2-8 and be like ‘hmm, should we trade the only long-term valuable piece we have?’
“Now, if you trade him for another top-15 player that just fits more, I’m OK with it. But if it’s ‘we’re trading Anthony Davis because we just need some more draft picks and young prospects to go along with Year 20 LeBron … at some point, Nike is going have to reconsider the LeBron vs. Father Time campaign unless LeBron starts winning some reps. Rob Pelinka’s big move this offseason was what? Bring in Lonnie Walker? Letting Malik Monk – the only good move they made the previous offseason – go? And the Lakers now are like ‘OK, we’re not going to have the ability to shoot, we will be nice defensively.’ Who was it that hung 140 on them final evening? It is a sequence of disastrous selections which have led to a spot of the place they’re holding conferences of ‘should we trade Anthony Davis?’ No, you need to discover a approach to get essentially the most out of Anthony Davis, and encompass him with complementary items which can be going to assist you to win a title, such as you had three years in the past.
Chris Broussard was of the alternative opinion.
“I think they should be looking to trade AD,” he argued. “I’m not saying shop him. I’m not saying put it out there, ‘hey AD’s available.’ I’m not saying get rid of him just to get off his money. But I’m making calls.
“I might commerce Anthony Davis for Damian Lillard, straight up. Proper now, you may say Lillard’s higher. However this is the factor for Portland: Damian is 32, AD really suits their timeline greater than Damian does. They’re younger. … If I am Portland, [I consider it]. Can I throw out a Nets one? Kyrie [Irving], Ben Simmons and Joe Harris for AD and Russ.”
Davis is currently averaging 23.2 points, 10.3 boards, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 steals per game in 34.6 minutes this season.
He is one of just six NBA players to average 20-plus PPG, 7.5-plus RPG and 1.5-plus BPG in nine seasons, joining the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tim Duncan.
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