The Los Angeles Lakers are 16-15 on the year and sit seventh in the Western Conference.
That is a far cry from the championship-level success most were expecting them to have in the 2021-22 NBA season.
Worse yet the Lakers’ second-best player, Anthony Davis, is out for at least a month with a knee injury (LeBron James’ fault).
Prior to getting hurt Davis had already been in the midst of a rough campaign. So far he is putting up 23.8 points per game (his lowest since 2013 if you throw out last season’s injury-plagued run) and shooting an horrendous 17.9 percent from beyond the arc. His 72.7 percent shooting from the charity stripe is also a career low.
Even Shaquille O’Neal has started calling Davis out for his underperformance this year.
So where do the Lakers go from here with their talented big man?
According to Jason Smith of Fox Sports Radio, a trade centering around Davis is something to keep an eye on.
“I can see the Anthony Davis era with the Lakers ending with him being traded,” he said.
“This is not working, LeBron is at the end of his run and AD is at the end of his run. So now, we gotta get 3 guys that we can pay to come in here that are going to go win championships together and we’re redoing the Lakers.”
Davis came into the year with a lot of excitement because of his phenomenal body transformation. So far, however – he has yet to deliver on the court in the way people were expecting.
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But if nothing materializes on that end, could a deal revolving around Davis be in the works?
Time will tell.