Shocking Proposed Trade With Rival Sends Lakers a Former Top-3 Pick
January 21, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of another bad season. The front office is expected make a move to boost the roster. Who is the most tradable player on the roster? Russell Westbrook costs too much and his struggles are too obvious. Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn are good options to work with, but the Lakers won’t get a star in return. A shocking trade proposal will definitely put Lakers fans on fire.
Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report has a few ideas and Lakers fans won’t like any of that. According to him, the Lakers should consider calling the Boston Celtics. Trading Anthony Davis for Jaylen Brown? Some would say this is the most insane idea ever.
Buckley has shocking trade proposal for the Lakers
This particular deal would give LA Marcus Smart, Aaron Nesmith, and a 2023 second-round pick. LA would give up on THT, Kent Bazemore, and the 2027 first-round pick.
“The Lakers are woefully short on trade chips, but dangling Anthony Davis would open up the tier of elite targets otherwise inaccessible to them,” Buckley explained. “Jaylen Brown looks like he was built to cure their biggest issues, simultaneously scratching itches for shot-creation, three-point shooting and perimeter defense. He is young enough (25) to run the floor with Russell Westbrook and skilled enough to work half-court sets with LeBron James.
“Marcus Smart is the point-of-attack stopper the Lakers have missed since splitting from Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over the summer. Spacing could get tight with a Smart-Westbrook backcourt, but if Smart gets back to the 34.8 clip he shot over the past three seasons, that could ease some concerns. Sophomore Aaron Nesmith might add a bit of breathing room, too, if he ever lives up to his predraft reputation as a fireballer from range.”
Getting rid of Davis would be a shocking move. Lakers fans like him and yes, he has his own fanbase in LA. But, is he a good fit for the franchise? Davis missed a lot of time last season. He is still out due to a MCL strain.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.