Proposed Trade Gives Lakers $125 Million Star & Sharpshooter for Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers missed the playoffs and Rob Pelinka will have to make big changes in the offseason. Lakers players were plagued with injuries and COVID-19 made everything worse. Newly added Lakers players struggled to make an impact and Russell Westbrook was a terrible fit for the team. Pelinka will probably move on from the All-Star which makes us believe that the Lakers have already found the perfect trade partner. Well, Brodie may not be the only player on the trade block. A proposed trade gives the Lakers a multi million star.

Davis’ potential trade may not go that easily. He is a superstar, but several analysts believe that his trade value has dropped. When healthy, AD is one of the best players in the league. However, he missed too many games in the last couple of seasons.

Big trade move lands the Lakers multi million star

Greg Swartz from Bleacher Report believes that the Lakers should also consider trading AD. The big man missed a big chunk of the regular season due to injuries. According to Swartz, Davis should go to the Atlanta Hawks. LA would get John Collins, Kevin Huerter, and a 2023 first-rounder. Not bad, huh?

“Collins isn’t nearly as talented as Davis, although he’s been more durable and is still just 24 years old,” Swartz wrote. “Since becoming a full-time starter in 2018-19, Collins has averaged 18.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting 55.6 percent overall and 37.9 percent from three. He’d give LeBron James more floor-spacing than Davis could offer and is another excellent lob threat.

“Since the Lakers need shooting around James, Huerter is a natural fit with his 41.9 percent mark on catch-and-shoot threes this season. He averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists at age 23, giving Los Angeles a high-level starter at shooting guard. A lightly-protected first-round pick next year gives L.A. a valuable trade asset moving forward as well. Even if the Lakers can’t dump Westbrook, this roster would be a far better fit around him with Collins and Huerter.

Collins is an excellent player but he is not a superstar. In the 2021-22 NBA season, he averaged 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while going 52.6% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. Huerter is averaging 12.1 points and 2.7 assists while going 38.9% from the 3-point line.