Anthony Davis replacement is now available for the Lakers in.....

Anthony Davis replacement is now available for the Lakers in…..


Perfect Anthony Davis Complement Now Available via Trade for Lakers

The Jazz made promising young center Walker Kessler available in a trade, allowing the Lakers to acquire a perfect defensive complement to Anthony Davis.

Angeles, California, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) battles for position with Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the third quarter in game four of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Arena.

The Lakers have twiddled their thumbs and sat still while the rest of the NBA unleashed a flurry of moves over the last week, and Los Angeles needs to bolster its roster quickly to have any chance at competing for an NBA championship next year.

Rob Pelinka’s list of possible moves is dwindling fast thanks to his inaction, though 2022 first-round pick Walker Kessler is reportedly available from the Utah Jazz, giving the Lakers a much-needed opportunity to make a splash.

At 7’0″ and only 22 years old, the towering center is already one of the best shot-blockers in the NBA and could be a perfect complement to Anthony Davis defensively.

Lakers Need to Inquire About Jazz C Walker Kessler in Trade

Utah is reportedly seeking a first-round pick for Walker Kessler,

“Teams in touch with Utah say the Jazz are looking for at least a first round pick in return for Kessler”

Ian Begley reported that Utah wants “at least” a first-round pick for Kessler, a price that could be too rich for some teams. It shouldn’t be for the Lakers if they’re serious about maximizing LeBron James’ final years with the franchise while simultaneously supporting a transition into the Davis era.

Davis has been clear about his desire to play less of a traditional center role to prevent injury throughout the grueling season, so acquiring Walker has the added benefit of making Davis happy amid rumors he has issues with JJ Redick.

Walker finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in his rookie campaign, averaging 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game despite playing only 23 minutes per contest. His offensive numbers declined in 2023-24 but he still ranked second in the NBA in blocks per game (2.4) without an increase in minutes.

I would’ve preferred the Lakers to be more active in free agency and in the trade market last week. Worrying about the past doesn’t help the future unless you learn from it though, and Kessler represents one of the best ways Los Angeles can actually improve at this point. Just because the Lakers sat idly and didn’t trade a first-rounder for a superior prospect previously doesn’t mean they should avoid Kessler now.

He needs to improve as a screener and shooter from the charity stripe, though any young player selected outside of the top 20 picks is going to have some sort of weakness. Kessler’s upside is too obvious to ignore and his strengths could give the Lakers a building block as they prepare to move on from James.

Los Angeles ranked 17th in defensive rating (114.8) last season. Alongside Davis, Kessler would help form a terrifying duo that’d deter opponents from driving inside.

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