The Dallas Mavericks are searching for a second star to pair with Luka Doncic. They want to be annual title contenders, and the Mavs have the toughest piece to acquire in a top-five player, but his supporting cast needs improvement. The easiest path is acquiring a second All-Star, and the standings suggest the Lakers could make Anthony Davis available at some point.
Bill Simmons kicked off the speculation as the Lakers currently sit at 2-8 and 14th in the Western Conference. They sent out a ton of draft capital to acquire AD and Russell Westbrook, and the experiment has been a disaster. They lack spacing, shooting, and defense, which puts them in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Lakers would love to trade Russell Westbrook and become contenders again. LeBron James and Anthony Davis won the championship together in 2020, but what if a Westbrook trade is not enough to push them back into contention? Do the Lakers push the rebuild button, and look to trade AD? Even if they do, here are four reasons why the Dallas Mavericks have no chance to acquire him before February’s trade deadline.
The Lakers will want more than draft picks from Dallas Mavericks in any Anthony Davis trade
Trading Davis only makes sense for the Lakers if it allows them to build a contender around LeBron James in his twilight. They are a premier brand that has no interest in rebuilding. The Lakers want to win now, and James only has a few years left in his peak.
Bleacher Report floated an Anthony Davis trade idea featuring the Mavs, but the Lakers are going to want more than draft capital to move on from the 6’10 star. The Lakers are not rebuilding because they do not control their own draft picks until at least 2027. LA may look to trade Davis if they get role players or another star in return, but they are not doing it just for draft picks.
Is Anthony Davis untouchable? No, the Los Angeles Lakers would be forced to seriously consider star for star trades, and dealing him to improve their roster, but they are not likely to accept the value they are getting in return for the eight-time All-Star.