The Los Angeles Lakers are 16-16 on the year, good for seventh place in the Western Conference.
That is obviously a far cry from the championship contention that most were expecting from this group heading into the season.
Making matters worse, LA has lost its second best player, Anthony Davis, for at least a month.
Between the slow start to the year and Davis’ perpetual injury woes, many have now started wondering whether a trade may be on the horizon.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, don’t sleep on the prospect of a trade that sends Davis from the Lakers to the Chicago Bulls – just not yet.
“In a few years? Sure, why not,” he said.
“Who knows what will happen as LeBron approaches age 40. AD has already said he’d ‘definitely consider’ playing for his hometown Bulls if the opportunity presented itself. Totally speculating here, but maybe in a future hypothetical sign-and-trade, AD-to-Chicago would be Lonzo Ball’s path back to Los Angeles.”
At the moment the Lakers seem focused on a different kind of trade. One that would allow them to get a mulligan on this summer’s deal that led to them acquiring Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook has been a poor fit in LA, and the Lakers’ front office has now spoken to two teams about possibly unloading him. Whether anything will ultimately materialize on that front remains to be seen.
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The specter of a potential trade with the Indiana Pacers involving Myles Turner also hangs over the Lakers, but again, time will tell how feasible of a deal that is.
One way or another, LA seems eager to make some big moves. Trading Davis — at the moment — does not appear to be one of them, though.