It feels like we started speculating about potential Lakers blockbusters around the beginning of the 2021-22 NBA season.
After all, it was basically already evident by then that they’d need to make changes.
It was equally apparent that they’d struggle to be able to. After all, the Lakers are cap-strapped to an aging core and without draft capital. There is very little wiggle room to make this team meaningfully better in 2022-23.
Unless, of course, they’re willing to trade Anthony Davis. While injuries have riddled the big man over the last two seasons, he’d surely still have value on the open market.
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The Lakers may not be eager to make him available, but if an opportunity to land a player like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came about, they may have to reconsider their stance.
Here are three trades that follow those guidelines.