Prior to signing a contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James was linked to the Phoenix Suns in some NBA trade speculation.
Now Phoenix is linked to one of James’ teammates in the trade chatter.
Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney reported earlier this week that a Western Conference executive could see the Lakers trade Anthony Davis to the Suns for a package that includes Deandre Ayton and Cam Johnson.
“Phoenix would also be an interesting fit, once Ayton can be traded,” the exec said, according to Deveney. “They could do Cam Johnson and Ayton, something like that. I’m sure some in LA would expect a big comeback for Davis, but with the injuries of the past few years, it would be difficult to trade him. There are plenty of reasons why they would keep him, but this is one – you won’t get fair value because of injuries.
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A possible trade between the Suns and the Lakers involving Ayton would have some problems, however.
Since Phoenix matched the Indiana Pacers’ offer sheet for Ayton, the center can’t be traded until Jan. 15.
He can also veto any trade in the first year of his new contract.
Would the Suns deal with Ayton and Johnson, part of their young core for Davis, who has a history of injuries?
And would division rivals Phoenix and Los Angeles really want to make a deal?
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NBA writers speculated about a potential deal between the Lakers and Suns after Deveney’s report.
Heavy.com’s Austin Boyd couldn’t see a Suns-Lakers trade happening.
“The Lakers worked hard to get Davis into the team and did very well early on,” he wrote. “He was excellent his first year in Los Angeles and helped lead the team to a championship. He won’t have the same longevity as LeBron but he can still be an elite player for many more years. He There’s no reason to trade Davis properly right now. They wouldn’t get their fair value with him and he’s still an elite duo with LeBron. Now this season is very important. If he has another injury plagued year the team may have to reassess his status but they are giving him a year under Darvin Ham to turn things around.”
Fanside’s Peter O’Keefe wrote that a trade between the Lakers and Suns would be a lose-lose situation.
“He’s also extremely unlikely to be traded anytime soon, with ongoing injury issues undermining the value of the former first overall pick,” O’Keefe wrote. “That means the Lakers just won’t come close to the value of what they believe internally and what general NBA fans believe when he’s on his feet. These are the same injury issues that would cause Phoenix , or any other team for that matter, hesitate to trade for the 29-year-old If you were guaranteed 65+ regular season games and a full playoff series, then yes, you would make a deal of that nature. Even then, Ayton is still young and has individual growth to do, while we’ve probably seen the best of Davis already. The latter has also shown a clear preference for playing as a power forward rather than a center. , so throwing him in as a direct replacement for Ayton is fraught with danger. The only way that will happen is if circumstances change on either side. Maybe if the Lakers keep struggling and end up doing it e explode in rebuild mode, which probably won’t happen for another 2-3 years if it did. From Phoenix’s point of view, the relationship between Ayton and the Suns needs to deteriorate to the point where it becomes unsustainable.”
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Sports Illustrated’s Donnie Druin wrote that the deal didn’t really make sense.
“The only way it makes sense for Phoenix is if they try to push all of their chips mid-table for this season,” he wrote. “Davis, on a team with Paul and Booker, would instantly improve the odds of an NBA Finals appearance to a minimum. Even then, for a team that has accomplished so much over the past two years, they have the feel like they can make do with what’s already in the kitchen. … Would Suns fans make that trade? Most will say: Absolutely not. Phoenix did a good job of compiling his talent and trading two of his best assets. most valuable (and youngest) against Davis (who turns 30 next March) doesn’t sit well with most Suns fans. You’d think the current organization would agree. This trade is unlikely materializes, but if an anonymous executive thinks it might be a possibility, we’ve seen crazier things happen in this league.
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