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Jim Jackson shares why the Los Angeles Lakers should trade Anthony Davis -"He may not be that number one guy"

Jackson lays out an interesting reason why its in the Lakers' best interest to trade Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

The NBA season may still be in its infancy, but the Los Angeles Lakers have quickly become the most talked about franchise in the league for all the wrong reasons.

As the purple and gold have faltered to an underwhelming 3-10 start, the spotlight has justifiably intensified around their big three: Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.

As widely reported, the Lakers have been shopping Westbrook since the summer but have yet to find a suitor to date. As for James, the near 38-year-old superstar signed a $97.1 million extension rendering him trade ineligible until 2023. That leaves Davis, whose future has become a hot topic of conversation around inner NBA circles.

The Lakers should explore trading AD according to Jackson

As the losses continue to pile up, the question marks around Davis' health remain, and the noise around his long-term future grows steadily louder, exploring a trade involving the talented big man becomes a genuine possibility among escape options for the Lakers front office.

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As time has passed, the Davis trade rumors have gradually filtered into the NBA media. With that, the latest media personality to explore a Davis trade has been Jim Jackson, who recently made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss the Lakers' predicament.

"I would be open to it. Now, it would depend on who I can identify to get into a position to take over the reigns for the Lakers when LeBron leaves. See, because that was the purpose of getting Anthony Davis anyway right? Was to have a player in place capable to assume the leadership role and kind of be the guy when LeBron finally leaves via free agency or retired.

So I think you got to look at everything because Anthony at this point I think he's proven that when he's healthy he's really good, but he may not be that number one guy that you thought you would have had that you saw coming from New Orleans. So everything is on the table from the Lakers' perspective."

AD's numbers this season seem dominant but they are in reality empty

On the surface, Davis' numbers seem dominant, averaging 24.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.8 blocks, and connecting on 54% of his attempts from the field. Unfortunately, the issues with Davis and the Lakers run deeper than the box score.

Consistently this campaign, the Kentucky product has gone missing in the second halves of games, been hurt, and looked like a shadow of himself on both ends as his play has failed to elevate his teammates.

Combining that with Russell Westbrook's rejuvenation off the bench and James still offensively elite in year 20, Davis may find himself dispensable and a tradable asset used to turn the Lakers' fortune around. 

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