2. SB Nation proposes lopsided Davis deal in Bulls’ favor
Whereas the last offer was a gross overpay for the services of Anthony Davis, we go in the complete opposite direction here. SB Nation’s Damon Allred believes the Chicago Bulls could acquire Davis for pennies on the dollar by offering a package that would better suit LA’s offensive scheme.
This deal has the Bulls swapping Nikola Vucevic, Alex Caruso, and Coby White for Davis here, an exchange that would certainly make Chicago’s ‘Big 3’ among the NBA’s most formidable trios. Allred proposed this trade using Fanspo’s trade machine which allows for the inclusion of draft capital, unlike ESPN’s counterpart. Seeing as he didn’t add any picks to the deal, he apparently believes this is enough to get the deal done without including any additional draft picks.
SB Nation proposes a center swap that brings Anthony Davis to the Chicago Bulls.
Here’s Allred’s justification for a trade that feels awfully one-sided in Chicago’s favor.
"“Everyone loves a good reunion, and doesn’t it just feel right for Alex Caruso to end up back in LA? His utility play with White’s shooting would help the Lakers’ backcourt rotation, while Vooch is arguably a better offensive fit than AD next to LeBron as a spacing big. You’re obviously giving up a lot on defense at that point, but the defense (17th) doesn’t need nearly as much help as the offense (30th).”"
Make no mistake, if this proposed deal went through, I’d be absolutely ecstatic. I’d hate to lose Caruso’s presence on the court, but with Nikola Vucevic approaching unrestricted free agency this summer, this is a virtually no-lose situation for the Bulls…
… Which is exactly why this trade would never happen. The Lakers may want more in return for Davis than many teams will be comfortable coughing up, but I’m hard-pressed to believe that no one would beat this offer if that’s how far Davis’ asking price fell.
Verdict: Not only do the Lakers hang up the phone, they also block Chicago’s number.