The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention by the Phoenix Suns earlier this week.
In the aftermath, talk immediately turned to what comes next. One of the suggested paths forward, much to many people’s surprise, has been trading away Anthony Davis.
Davis’ inability to consistently stay healthy coupled with his high price tag has rendered him expendable in some folks’ eyes.
This week, a clearly despondent Davis addressed the speculation regarding his Lakers future.
“I can’t control those things,” Davis said. “That’s an upstairs thing. A Klutch, Rich Paul thing. My agency.”
Davis was quick to point out that he loved playing in Los Angeles.
“I mean, my job is to go out and play basketball,” he continued. “Obviously, I love it in L.A. If that’s something that they’re considering, then we’ll have a conversation about it. I don’t know what they’re talking about, what’s the plan.”
That said, Davis also quietly acknowledged that anything was possible.
“I mean, I don’t think they’re planning on doing anything [with me],” he said. “I don’t know, man. F***, I don’t know.”
If the Lakers do decide to trade Davis, one serious frontrunner for his services has quietly emerged in recent days. And his hometown Chicago Bulls have been linked to him for years, so that option also remains on the table.
This is going to be a summer of change for the Lakers.
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 7, 2022
Will trading away Davis be one of the changes that gets made?
Time will tell.