NBA Analyst Believes Lakers Won’t Risk Playing Anthony Davis If Andre Drummond Signs with Brooklyn Nets

Published 03/10/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) drives between Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and center Montrezl Harrell (15) in the first quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Lakers are in a tough spot. While they are still one of the best teams in the league, they have looked evidently lackluster ever since Anthony Davis went down with an Achilles injury. Achilles injuries are the most worrisome for NBA players, as we have recently seen with the injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.

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Moreover, Davis is crucial at exploiting the championship window that LA has with the aging LeBron James. However, if Brooklyn is signing all the talent possible on minimum deals, LA might be forced to be a little more cautious with AD and his return. Jay Williams expanded on that.

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“Can we say game over? It feels like it. I don’t know if AD coming all the way back like. It takes one wrong tweak. Not this year AD, not gonna let you ruin the franchise’s future on trying to come back and win another championship in back-to-back years.”

If AD forces himself to play while the Nets have the super-team that they are looking to build, it may be an issue. However, he will obviously give it his all to make sure the Lakers can beat them.

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The Lakers lost Anthony Davis for a few weeks, not a season. Even if he takes all of March to recover and returns by mid-April, it won’t be of much worry- unless the Lakers fall out of a playoff spot, which is unlikely. Along with that, the Nets play in the East. So even if LA meets them, it will be for one series in the NBA Finals.

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Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward Anthony Davis (left) talks to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

But there is logic in what Jay is saying. If Brooklyn keeps building off the buyout market, they will sign players on minimum deals that they will need to renegotiate next season. That means players like Blake Griffin and possibly Andre Drummond will be available to be picked up by everyone in the league. And they will definitely cost more than a minimum in next season’s free agency.

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AD’s playing status will be determined independently of the Nets situation. However, if the Lakers sign Drummond instead, then Davis will definitely have room to return as per his convenience.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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