Recently Bleacher Report released an article about the short comings of the New Orlean Pelican’s front office and ownership. The article, written by Brian Boyles, focused on how the front office and ownership have failed Anthony Davis. When talking about Davis’s loyalty to his team, it stated this interesting tidbit.
“Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Media Group, the same agency that represents Russell Westbrook, is Davis’ agent. A source close to Davis’ agent floated the possibility that the end game could find the two uniting in Los Angeles with the talent-starved Lakers. Those kind of rumors are the ones that expand into panic when a team flails like the Pelicans have in the last two seasons.”
One should take all reports not dropped by Woj (or other national reporters) with a grain of salt, but this one especially. Davis a started new contract extension recently, while Westbrook has a 2 year extension kicking in next season (albeit with a player option). Both won’t be free agent anytime soon. If Westbrook declines his player option, he would be 29 going on 30 to start his first year as a Laker. I assume Westbrook will be looking for a max, and to sign a player based mostly on athleticism with an injury riddled history to contract well into his 30s is not wise. By the time Davis could join, assuming he too declines his player option, Westbrook would have been in LA for 2 years and will be nearly 32 years old. The Lakers would maybe have a 1 year window to win the title. Maybe.
If you believe that they will trade for the two superstars, think again. Neither team has incentive to trade their respective franchise players, because, as stated earlier, they are both under contract and not a danger to leave in free agency. Also who would they trade? While Brandon Ingram, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr, Jordan Clarkson, and Tarik Black make up a young great core, it would take at least 2 of the first 3 mentioned, along with 1 of the later 3 just to trade for 1 of either Davis or Westbrook. The remaining core would not have the value to trade for the other.
Editors note: This is WILD speculation and the chances of happening are basically zero.