The Los Angeles Lakers face a huge conundrum.
At 2-8, the team has far more problems than wins, and while Russell Westbrook seems to have found an invigorated fervor in his bench role, LA’s porous defense, horrendous shooting woes and new fall of LeBron James they do it sitting at the table. bottom shelf of the garter.
The team’s current situation is so perplexing that rumors have surfaced about the Lakers’ willingness to trade superstar Anthony Davis.
It’s a reality almost impossible for Nick Wright to understand.
“Before the year, I said the roster as it’s currently built can’t win,” Wright reflected Tuesday on “First Things First.” “Check the tape, I said, ‘look at this schedule, maybe you’re going to start 2-8, and at 2-8, maybe you’ve made 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 were to trade any player, it should be Westbrook.
“I didn’t think Russell Westbrook would still be on the team at this point in the year,” he said. “I thought they would realize ‘uh oh, the team is broken, we have a way to drastically change the roster.’ We made a commitment to LeBron, we were ready to do it when he agreed to his extension.’ And now they’re not doing it, and now they’re 2-8. What I didn’t think was they’d get to 2-8 and be like ” hmm, if we’re going to trade the only long-term valuable piece.” we have?’
“Now, if you trade him for another top-15 player that’s just a better fit, I’m fine with that. But if it’s ‘let’s trade Anthony Davis because we just need more draft picks and young prospects to go with them. Year 20 LeBron… at some point, Nike will 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? Leave Malik Monk, l ‘only good move. They made it last offseason and the Lakers are now saying, ‘OK, we’re not going to be able to shoot, we’re going to be really good defensively.’ Who was it that hung up 140 on them last night? It’s ‘a series of disastrous decisions that have led to a place where they’re having meetings of “should we trade Anthony Davis?” No, you should find a way to get the most out of Anthony Davis and surround him with complementary pieces that you will allow you to win a title, as you did three years ago.
Chris Broussard was of the opposite opinion.
“I think they should look to trade AD,” he argued. “I’m not saying buy him. I’m not saying put it out there, ‘hey, AD is available.'” I’m not saying get rid of him just to get his money out of it, but I’m making calls.
“I’d trade Anthony Davis for Damian Lillard, straight up. Right now, you could say Lillard is better. But here’s the thing about Portland: Damian’s 32, AD actually fits his timeline better than Damian. They’re young… If I’m Portland, [I consider it]. Can I throw a Nets? Kyrie [Irving]Ben Simmons and Joe Harris for AD and Russ.”
Davis is 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 six NBA players to average 20+ PPG, 7.5+ RPG and 1.5+ 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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