The Los Angeles Lakers failed to make the playoffs last season, leading many to speculate regarding the franchise’s ability to contend for a title going forward.
At the same time, the Phoenix Suns got trounced in the second round of the playoffs by a Dallas Mavericks squad that, on paper, was nowhere near as good as them. That step back for the Suns from their NBA Finals run one season earlier also led to a lot of introspection about potential problems and how to fix them.
Given that the Lakers and Suns are in a state of flux, a lot of rumors have been floated about possible moves the two teams might make in the foreseeable future.
In a recent conversation with NBA insider Sean Deveney, one Western Conference executive suggested a trade between the Lakers and Suns.
“Phoenix would be an interesting fit too, once [Deandre] Ayton can be traded,” the executive said.
“They could do Cam Johnson and Ayton, something like that. I am sure some in L.A. would expect a big return for [Anthony] Davis but with the injuries the last few years, it would be tough to trade him. There’s a lot of reasons why they’d keep him but that is one – you’re not going to get fair value because of the injuries.”
Phoenix, meanwhile, was linked to a potentially blockbuster trade a few weeks back – but nothing materialized on that front.
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Is there a deal that could occur between the Lakers and Suns that could prove to be a winning combination for all parties involved?
Time will tell.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.