The Los Angeles Lakers have started the season as one of the better teams in the league, much like many expected, but with Anthony Davis out now with a calf strain, things could start to decline for the defending champions. If the Lakers are smart, they will scour the trade market for a big and Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo could make perfect sense.
Davis not only contributes a lot for the Lakers offensively, but he is their anchor on defense and as a result, losing him for an extended period of time could really hurt this team. The seven-time All-Star is expected to miss three weeks and will likely be out for Los Angeles until after the All-Star break.
Not only will LeBron James have to continue to play at a high level and more minutes than the Lakers would want, but they are going to need other key role players like Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris, and Talen Horton-Tucker to really step up. Losing AD, even though it is thankfully for a short period of time, could force the Lakers to look for another defensive-minded front-court player ahead of the trade deadline.
With not much cap space to work with, the Lakers are limited on the moves they could make, but Bismack Biyombo is an affordable center that could really help this team in AD’s absence. Not only has he always been known to be an aggressive shot-blocker, he may not have that high of an asking price by Charlotte.
Could Biyombo be a big pickup for the Lakers ahead of the trade deadline to aid them defensively until Anthony Davis returns from his calf injury? Let’s take a look at how Los Angeles could make this trade work.