Russell Wilson has excelled by coming off the bench over the past few games, but the Los Angeles Lakers still cannot figure out how to string wins together to get out of this rut.
Aside from rumors of trading him are now more rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly open to trading Anthony Davis as they look to save their sinking season.
Bill Simmons of The Ringer said on The Bill Simmons Podcast that there has been “buzz” behind the scenes about blowing things up with a Davis deal.
“There’s some buzz, some buzzing that AD might be available. That that’s a plan B. Because the Westbrook trade—or whatever they think they can get for Westbrook and whether you’d want to give up future assets—maybe that doesn’t even make sense because what are you getting if you’re the Lakers?
“You’ve got Davis here, who I don’t think has looked the same for a couple years—certainly not close to Bubble Davis. That’s the last time we saw vintage, 2018 Pelicans-level Davis. … I don’t know what the endgame is with this Lakers team, but I know the Pelicans have their pick. And I don’t think, whatever they have, I don’t think it’s really fixable in a way to make them a playoff team.”
Davis is under contract through the 2023-24 season and has a $43.2 million player option for 2024-25.
Simmons and The Ringer NBA writer Kevin O’Connor then talked about how Los Angeles doesn’t see trading Westbrook and picks for any of the rumored available package as fixing this season.
They both said they’ve both heard the Lakers would prefer to not take on money for next season in any trades they make.
Davis has appeared in eight games this season, averaging 22.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per game.