1. The Los Angeles Lakers will never get the kind of return they want for Anthony Davis
The Los Angeles Lakers are not going to be looking to bring in young assets in an Anthony Davis trade. It makes sense for a rebuilding team like the New Orleans Pelicans but it does not make sense for a team that is trying to be a title-contender every single season.
The Lakers just recently went through an extreme dry spell which was the worst in franchise history. With their future picks still being tied to the Pelicans, there is zero chance that the team has any desire to hit the reset button with young players.
Thus, the Lakers would be looking for a star in return for Davis but that just is not how these trades work. The Lakers are not going to get a superstar that is on par or even better than Davis because of the injury concern.
Some fans might be dreaming of an AD for Damian Lillard swap but the Portland Trail Blazers would have no interest in doing that. It is in their best interest to keep Dame and fill him with other pieces. If it does have to get blown up then they will blow it up, not trade for AD just so he too can be unhappy.
The closest thing we can look at is the Kawhi Leonard trade to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors took a risk by trading for Kawhi when his injury status was unknown and traded an all-star for him in DeMar DeRozan. While solid, DeRozan is not on Kawhi’s level.
So are the Lakers really going to flip Davis for a borderline all-star big? Probably not. That makes no sense.