Proposed ‘Dream’ Trade Sends Lakers a Former All-Star for Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers made a few moves to replace some of the players on their COVID list. Several players earned 10-day deals which could grant them a long-term deal with the franchise. That’s not all. There’s one proposed trade for the Lakers and it revolves around Anthony Davis.

Dalton Trigg has a suggestion.

“Seems like people are always trying to get Luka Doncic in a Lakers uniform… I personally think this should happen instead,” Trigg tweeted on January 5.

Proposed trade for the Lakers removes Davis from Frank Vogel’s roster

So, the Lakers will get Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, the Mavericks 2025 first-round pick, and their 2027 first-round pick. Both picks are protected. Porzingis has a five-year deal worth $158 million. He is averaging 20.6 points, eight rebounds, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 28.2% from behind the three-point line. How will the Lakers accept this idea?

“Another issue for the Lakers is lack of draft capital, which also hampers their trade flexibility on top of the $120 million being split between James, Westbrook and Davis,” Trigg explained. “The Mavs have somewhat of a shortage of draft capital themselves, but it’s not to the extent of what L.A. is dealing with. So with LeBron not getting any younger, and the Lakers not having many ways to improve their stuck-in-the mud roster, what can they do?

“…Porzingis has his own history of concerning injuries, but he’s arguably been more successful than Davis has this season, averaging nearly 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks while playing five less minutes per game. Davis is viewed as the better defensive player, but this season, both he and Porzingis have a 105 defensive rating. Porzingis holds a three-point edge (115 to 112) on Davis when it comes to offensive ratings, though.”

The Lakers hope to get the best basketball of Davis once he returns to the floor. He deals with too many injuries and misses significant time on the field. The Lakers won’t get the chance to trade him by the trade deadline. Moreover, they shouldn’t trade him because he is a really great player.