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Despite rumours, Lakers are encouraged with Anthony Davis’ offseason progression

By James Brown

Despite rumours, Lakers are encouraged with Anthony Davis’ offseason progression

Rumours say that Lakers might trade Anthony Davis but the Lakers are encouraged with his work this offseason towards a new season.

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Throughout the offseason, many rumours have surrounded de Lakers, specially towards a trade for a player that can help them win title number 18. Some of those players are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but in order to get a player of that caliber they will have to offer a big draft package or a player that is somewhat in their level. Lakers fans might want Westbrook to be part of the trade but a realistic name might just be Anthony Davis. 

There's absolutely no doubt that when the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Anthony Davis in 2019, it was assumed he would lead the franchise in a post-LeBron James era. Davis is only 29 years old, still in his prime and with a big star-resume backing him up, but his game or better said, lack of it, might just be the reason why the front office decide to include him in a trade to get Irving or Durant before the season starts. 

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However Darvin Ham, Lakers new head coach, said during an meeting with LeBron, according to sources of Yahoo Sports, that the team has been encouraged with Davis’ offseason progression and believe he’ll be in optimum shape to avoid serious injuries and carry a heavier load. Despite the trade rumours Davis seems to be the new focal point for the teams offense entering the new season, this would help a 38 years old LeBron to carry a lower load in his 20th season.

Let's not forget Davis is still under contract through at least the 2023-24 season. His five-year, $190 million contract includes a player option for the 2024-25 campaign, and it would make sense for him to opt out with eyes on a new max contract that would pay him well north of $50 million annually. But Davis injury history might scare teams looking to acquire him. Last season he played in only 40 games as he dealt with a myriad of injuries, some more serious than others.

Can Anthony Davis have a bigger role in the Lakers offense next season?

Anthony Davis has missed roughly 23% of his regular season games throughout his ten-year career due to over 50 injuries, illnesses, or minor issues with his body. However the front office believes that he is in a better shape during this offseason which might help him play in more games this season, and take the reins of the offense out of LeBron's hands. If he manages to stay healthy, Lakes fans might just have something to be optimistic for.

 


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