If Purple-and-Gold don’t work out or if LeBron James gets sick of Los Angeles, he could ask to be traded. Nonetheless, if that were to occur, Anthony Davis would be in a similar predicament.
Two Teams Want Anthony Davis from LeBron-Lakers Trade
At this point, the Los Angeles Lakers’ only priority should be a run at the postseason. They made some major moves at the trade deadline to bolster their roster, and it appears to have paid off so far.
But if they don’t work out or if LeBron James gets sick of Los Angeles, he could ask to be traded. Nonetheless, if that were to occur, Anthony Davis would be in a similar predicament. There are two teams that would make a bunch of sense for AD, according to sources who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports.
“f Davis can go to [the] Chicago [Bulls] or [the] Milwaukee [Bucks] or somewhere like that, where he would be happy, then LeBron could look to go elsewhere, too,” a Western Conference executive told Deveney.
Davis could make a good fit on either team!!
For the Bulls. The Lakers could look to snag Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, or other assets in return, and it would send Davis back to the place where it all began for him.
It would be much more challenging to negotiate a trade to the Bucks. It’s likely that the trade wouldn’t go through unless Jrue Holiday or Khris Middleton was included, but the Lakers probably wouldn’t want either player.
However, the source stressed that James would only ask for a trade if Davis was to leave as well.
“He has an obligation to Anthony Davis, and the only way he gets dealt is if Davis gets dealt, too,” the source said. “They do not necessarily have to go to the same place, but LeBron is largely responsible for AD being in Los Angeles and is not going to abandon him there.”
The Western Conference executive thinks only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Dallas Mavericks would make sense as landing spots for James if he were to request a trade and leave the Lakers.
A Western Conference executive told Deveney: “It is hard to imagine him going anywhere except Cleveland if the Cavs could make that happen without giving up too many assets,”
“Miami would have to be in the mix, too, and maybe a dark horse – the Knicks and Mavericks. He has always wanted to play with those teams, with those players. He has an interest in Luka [Doncic] for sure.”
Dave McMenamin of ESPN said that James is making big steps toward coming back from his injury.
“LeBron James rejoined the team after being on a medically excused absence in the past week. The 20-year veteran is no longer wearing a walking boot. The tendon injury in his right foot will be reevaluated in approximately a week and a half, according to the team.”