Since NBA superstar Anthony Davis injured his calf against the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 14, the Lakers are 1-3, including that loss to Denver. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 111.8 points per game, but since that Nuggets game, they are averaging just 102.3 points per game and have taken a hit defensively as well.
Of course, anytime you lose a superstar, All-Star player like Anthony Davis, your team is going to struggle, but the Lakers are in trouble unless they make some kind of a move to add more frontcourt depth. AD is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks with a calf strain and will be out until after the All-Star break.
Los Angeles have 6 more games until the All-Star break and while that is not many games to play without Anthony Davis, it is not certain whether or not he will be ready to go after the All-Star game.
The Lakers’ big man missed time earlier in the season with calf soreness and swelling of the tissue around his achilles, so this calf strain he suffered against the Nuggets was assumed to be a “re-injury” or worse “flare up” from a previous injury.
This is definitely a storyline to monitor moving forward because if the Lakers are not careful with AD, he could come back and injure his calf/achilles even worse than he already has. As a result, they need to be proactive and add another frontcourt talent as insurance and there are some options that could surface in NBA rumors.
While they do not have much cap space, there are plenty of affordable centers and big men the Lakers could target with AD being out. Let’s take a look at four intriguing options for the Lakers to pursue with Anthony Davis out.