Who would trade for Anthony Davis? While some TV Analysts like Stephen A. Smith claim that Davis doesn’t have significant trade value, one GM tells Sean Deveney of Heavy.com that there is no truth to that.
“Look, it is beauty in the eye of the beholder. But he is an elite talent and he is 29 years old,” the GM tells Deveney. “Everybody wants him, everybody thinks that if they get their hands on him, they can keep him healthy, etc., etc. …Now, can you get the kind of offer the Lakers gave up when they traded for him (in 2019)? No, of course not. But a team like Chicago, where he is from, they would bend over backwards to get him.”
The Bulls have been linked to Davis in the past and they won’t be alone if Davis actually becomes available in trade talks. The anonymous GM said there would be “29 teams ready with offers,” though it’s just a matter of whether they are worth the Lakers’ time. Dallas is another intriguing suitor for Davis, however.
“Dallas, putting him with (Luka Doncic)? Of course, they would. Phoenix, Miami, any team that really wants to take that next step. The injury is a risk, but the payoff you get if you can keep him on the floor is worth it,” the executive explained.
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