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“There’s some buzzing that AD might be available” - Bill Simmons reveals Los Angeles Lakers’ possible “Plan B”

Bill Simmons claims that the Los Angeles Lakers could place Anthony Davis on the trade block, especially since the Russell Westbrook market is non-existent.
The Ringer founder Bill Simmons and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis

Bill Simmons and Anthony Davis

There are reportedly some rumblings that a Los Angeles Lakers star not named Russell Westbrook could be on the trade block. On a recent episode of his podcast, Bill Simmons said that Anthony Davis "might be available."

"So, the Lakers lost again today," Simmons said. "There's some buzz, some buzzing that AD might be available. That that's a Plan B. Because the Westbrook trade, or whatever they think they can get for Westbrook and whether you want to give up future assets, maybe that doesn't even make sense 'cause what are you getting if you're the Lakers?"

Is this another one of Simmons' crazy takes?

If you're the Lakers, you would probably want to explore all possible options to improve the roster, even if that means sniffing around for what you can get in a Davis trade.

The two-way star is one of the best big men in the league - when completely healthy - and helped Los Angeles win the title in 2020.

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Unfortunately, he hasn't been as effective on the court as he was during his prime. In addition, Davis has been unable to shed the "injury-prone" tag after missing a significant number of games as a Laker.

Why trade AD instead of Brodie?

Westbrook is the Lakers player often involved in trade rumors for various reasons. One of them is that people see him as a hindrance to the floor spacing LeBron James and Davis need to operate.

But stats have shown that the point guard is an even better jump shooter than his teammates this campaign.

Also, Davis has been the least efficient shooter in the Association during the previous two seasons. If Los Angeles wants to open the lane for its stars, maybe dealing the 6-foot-10 forward (not center) away in exchange for more efficient outside shooters is the better solution.

Furthermore, looking for a Westbrook trade package that benefits the team has proven to be a near-impossible task for the front office. The market for the former MVP has been that dry. In contrast, more teams would likely be interested in acquiring Davis because of his offensive and defensive versatility.

Common sense might say that the trade-Westbrook-keep-Davis route is the better alternative for the Purple and Gold. But evidently, there are benefits to putting Davis on the trade block instead.

And if the Lakers want to go crazy, they can also try sending both players away and restructuring the roster around James. But the organization is probably not that desperate - yet.

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