Lakers big man Anthony Davis is expected to begin running on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic said in an appearance on FanDuel TV (Twitter video link). Charania adds that Davis will start contact work shortly after he starts running, and the Lakers hope the 29-year-old will return to the lineup in early February.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported a week ago that the team was hopeful that Davis, who has been out since December 16 after suffering a stress reaction in the navicular bone in his right foot, could return return in a couple weeks. Based on Charania’s report, it sounds like that rough timeline may have been pushed back a little bit, but there’s no indication that Davis had a setback.
Here’s more out of Los Angeles:
- Lakers star LeBron James is not trade-eligible this season after signing an extension in August. James recently turned 38 years old and is in his 20th NBA season, but he’s still playing at an extremely high level and would have a long list of suitors if he did ask for a trade in the offseason. With that in mind, David Aldridge of The Athletic comes up with six hypothetical trades and ranks the possibility of each deal, though he acknowledges that James ending his career with the Lakers is still the most likely outcome. The highest ranking trade on Aldridge’s “Possibility Scale” (5.5 out of 10) sends James to Atlanta for a package headlined by Dejounte Murray.
- Marc Stein reported this morning that the Clippers are interested in Jazz point guard Mike Conley. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link), the Clippers’ interest in Conley is not new, as the team considered trading for the 35-year-old this past summer prior to signing John Wall.
- Ivica Zubac‘s production has slipped in the past few weeks and Clippers coach Tyronn Lue is aware that the starting center is feeling the effects of a career-high 29.1 minutes per game, writes Janis Carr of The Orange County Register. “He’s not going to admit that, but you know, I think he’s getting worn down a little bit with the overuse and playing him a lot because like you said, when he is on the floor, we are effective,” Lue said. “We’re able to run our offense and do different things. So, I have to find a balance between that. He’s been great for us all year. He’s a guy that plays every single night and we just can’t run him into the ground, which I have, I think early on. But I mean, I really don’t have a choice.” Zubac averaged 10.3 points and 11 rebounds in his first 35 games (29.8 minutes), including 17 double-doubles, but he’s only posted one double-double in the past eight contests (26.1 minutes) while averaging 9.3 points and 7.3 boards.
- The Clippers‘ depth was supposed to be a strength this season, but injuries have derailed the team from having any type of consistency, according to Bill Plaschke of The Los Angeles Times. “I mean, it’s hard, but, you know you can’t do anything about that,” said Zubac. “Guys get hurt and we got to give them time to get healthy … we don’t want to rush anyone … it is what it is.” The Clippers are just 23-22 after entering the season with championship aspirations, and have gone 9-6 in the 15 games that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have played together, Plaschke notes.
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18 thoughts on “L.A. Notes: AD, LeBron, Conley, Zubac, Clippers”
Clippers should target DLo for a long run
DLo is low cost, no need to attach a future First
I have final standing prediction
Mavs Warriors Clippers
Play for n contenders
Wild card play in contender
LeBron is success
Westbrook is success
Westbrook is hero
Team Lakers is failure because the bad Managers and bad coaching
Team Lakers no good. LeBron pray for rain.
It’s time for the Lakers to move on from LeBron and Davis. This Lakers team is so dysfunctional, I don’t think bringing in another all star player will help. They tried with Westbrook and that was a complete disaster. They need move on from the big three and start over (and I’m not saying a complete rebuild like the Celtics did a decade ago). I’m proposing a number of trades so they get NBA talent back, get younger and faster, keep their own draft picks, and add draft picks.
This is my proposal:
1. LA Lakers trade with Washington Wizards that’s a win-win for both teams.
Washington Wizards get:
– Anthony Davis (C) and 2 years left on his contract
– Patrick Beverley (PG) and his expiring contract
LA Lakers get:
– Kyle Kuzma (PF) with 1 year left on his contract
– Kristaps Porziņģis (C) with 1 year left on his contract
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft picks
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft pick swaps
2. LA Lakers trade with Chicago Bulls that’s a win-win for both teams.
Chicago Bulls get:
– Russell Westbrook (PG) and his expiring contract
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft picks from Washington Wizards
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft pick swaps from Washington Wizards
LA Lakers get:
– Zach LaVine (PG/SG) with 4 years left on his contract
– Alex Caruso (PG/SG) with 2 years left on his contract
3. AFTER THE END OF THE SEASON, LA Lakers trade with Golden State Warriors that’s a win-win for both teams.
Golden State Warriors get:
– LeBron James (PF) and 2 years left on his contract
LA Lakers get:
– Andrew Wiggins (SF) with 4 years left on his contract
– Jordan Poole (SG) with 4 years left on his contract
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft picks
2023/24 Lakers Starters:
– Kristaps Porziņģis (C)
– Kyle Kuzma (PF)
– Andrew Wiggins (SF)
– Zach LaVine (PG/SG)
– Jordan Poole (PG/SG)
Think about it, Kuzma wants to come back and LaVine wants to be traded to the Lakers. LeBron will help himself and GS win another championship (possibly 2). Losing is not in his DNA and that’s what’s happening now.
And the Lakers get proven NBA talent back, get younger and faster, keep their own draft picks, and add draft picks. Win win for all teams.
I really like your trade proposals
1, Lakers new starters are all 27 years old or younger
2, you forgot 3 unprotected 3023 first round picks
Lakers add Wemby and Scott
How is this not a complete rebuild with 5 new starters? You would also have to cut 2 more players to fit all of these players on a roster.
You keep repeating this. But, the Warriors can win a title without LeBron. They have already proven that. Why would the Warriors want to get older when they are working on getting younger?
Laker dreamers are so full of it.
The Los Angeles Clippers should make a trade with the Utah Jazz.
Mike Conley Jr.
Utah Jazz get
Two second round draft picks
When Anthony Davis comes back they need to let him Start at his natural position at Power Forward. Next to Thomas Bryant at Center. When AD get back the starting lineup should be.
SF LeBron James
PF Anthony Davis
C Thomas Bryant
SG Lonnie Walker IV
PG Dennis Schroder
When healthy and if they start this lineup they still have a chance to make the playoffs.
Lebron can’t guard sf any more he has to guard slower players so Davis has to play center
When LeBron dials in he can guard SFs. He just saves his energy for offense and important moments on D.
Sillivan – LMAO. you’re clearly a troll
GS is 21 & 21
LAL is 19 & 23
CHI is 19 & 24
WAS is 18 & 25
Oh, BOS is 31 & 12 . Which team is going to win the next championship with their current roster?
The Warriors won last year with their current roster. Why can’t they run it back?
Tacocat1331 – I agree with you and LeBron is playing the best basketball of his career. I see him playing at a high level until age 45 (like Tom Brady), just not with the Lakers. They won’t win another championship with this roster.
sorrynotsorry – I view a rebuild through draft picks (like the Celtics did a decade ago) and there is no guarantee you’ll have success. You’re more likely to have success by trading for proven NBA talent.
All 4 teams in my trade proposal aren’t going to win a championship with their current roster so why not take a chance?
The Warriors won a a championship with their current roster. There is no reason why they can’t run it back.
The Lakers are paying the price for that one title… And will continue to pay that price until they have enough assets to trade for a star again…
The ownership tried rebuilding and couldn’t stand it… This is the other side of the coin… Short window of contention, then years of mediocrity…