Two NBA teams that are on the minds of the media and NBA fans are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Both teams have been in trade rumors throughout the season as they are both in win-win mode after the end of the 2022 NBA season. Of course, they also ended up at two different ends of the spectrum.
Thanks to the performances of their two great players and the defensive prowess of their supporting cast, the Boston Celtics had an incredible run last year as they made it to the NBA Finals. The team worked well together, and the team’s first-time head coach, Ime Udoka, did a great job of convincing everyone to buy into their strategy. But as expected, the more experienced Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Nevertheless, the Celtics had a remarkable season as no one predicted that they would advance to the playoffs so far, especially after a poor start to the season.
Jaylen Brown was involved in business discussions for Kevin Durant, but ultimately, it fell through. It’s no secret that Brown felt upset by that rumor, and he clearly feels displeased because fans and the franchise itself tend to favor Jason Tatum. Tatum and Brown worked well together, but the Celtics may be looking to make some major moves to shake up the roster. Idea Target: Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meanwhile, the Lakers’ 2022 season had a completely different start and end. For Lakers supporters around the world, the 2022 season was one of disappointment and dissonance. The Los Angeles Lakers had one of the worst seasons in franchise history and were eliminated from playoff contention after failing to earn a spot in the play-in rounds. Despite having LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook as three superstars (more or less) in their primes, Lakers players watched the postseason from their homes. They finished with a 33–49 record, a terrible record.
It was even worse, considering how influential LeBron James was. King averaged 30.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, and 6.2 epg while competing for the scoring title throughout the year. How could a LeBron James team be so terrible when the player was at his best? The team’s record was terrible, and no one could have imagined such a terrible game at the start of the year, especially as an 11th seed in the West. The franchise tried to transfer Russell Westbrook, but it looks like the point guard is there for next season as well.
The only realistic trade option for the Lakers is Anthony Davis, a big man who led the Lakers in scoring in 2020 and helped lead the team to the NBA Championship. Davis has been an inconsistent presence for the Lakers due to his injuries, and it looks like everyone has had enough with it. The Lakers’ best bet for a roster shakeup next season is to move Anthony Davis to the franchise’s biggest rival: the Boston Celtics.
A deal that sends Anthony Davis to the Celtics in favor of Jaylen Brown could be a blockbuster trade that will work out very well. Here is the business package that can be done to improve both sides:
Trade Package: Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart for Anthony Davis, 2027 First-Round Pick
This is why this trade package works for both the teams and how this deal will change the NBA landscape.
Add Shape and Skill to Paint to Complement Boston’s Jason Tatum
The Boston Celtics’ defeat of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs was largely due to exceptional play on both ends of the floor by Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown, as well as superior defense from Marcus Smart and Al Horford. Undoubtedly, at the core of the roster was a strong season as a unit that pushed the Golden State Warriors into Game 6 before forcing Game 7. There is no doubt that the Celtics’ final defeat was heartbreaking as they came out on the Warriors lacking maturity and preparation. Golden State was at first surprised by the number of times the Celtics injured themselves while playing because of their awfully high turnover rate.
Fortunately, Boston did a great job of improving their point guard performance by bringing in Malcolm Brogdon, but they must take an even bigger step to get a quality big man who needs a change of scenery. Jason Tatum is unstoppable with his exceptional scoring skills and ability to fight for the MVP award one day in a row. Importantly, it should be noted that Anthony Davis, when at his best, is a better player for Jaylen Brown and could possibly team up with Jason Tatum to create the league’s best offensive perimeter pairing. Apart from the two superstars, the Celtics can also hold onto other important players like Al Horford, Robert Williams and Malcolm Brogdon.
It should be mentioned that there is no guarantee that the Boston Celtics will enter the NBA Finals again. They had a magic run last year, and everything worked out perfectly to get where they went. The next year, the Milwaukee Bucks would be back healthy, and the Philadelphia 76ers improved their roster as James Harden became more familiar with the system. Not to mention, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks will always be in danger because of their All-Star talent. Boston needs to make a big move to get ahead of these franchises, and Anthony Davis could be a game-changer.
LeBron James and Jaylen Brown make up the best pairing in the Western Conference
The Lakers have made no secret that they want to shake up the roster to complement All-Star LeBron James. The goal is to add winning players, and the Celtics package gives them that. Brown is an All-Star who has a good chance of making a good pairing with The King, and Marcus Smart is fresh from a season where he was named the best defensive player in the league. The Lakers’ starting lineup improves significantly on both ends of the floor by relocating Davis to Brown and Smart, as this would be complete with James, Beverly and Thomas Bryant playing major roles. The problem with the Lakers was their lack of consistency and poor defensive efforts, which the deal quickly resolves. Marcus Smart and Patrick Beverly are a backcourt pairing that no one wants to come up against as both are jittery players who work hard and defend the ball very well. Smart single-handedly improved the Lakers’ defense, which is the weakest part of the team right now. Crucially, Brown is a very solid defender who made massive strides in that aspect last year.
Anthony Davis is a major defender when he is healthy, but he seems to be very comfortable in Los Angeles, where he feels he is untouchable. He earned his ring in 2020 by playing like a top-10 player in the game, but has since fallen off the radar. The Lakers can’t afford to have a complacent older man in his 40s with LeBron James in just a few years. The Lakers will now have to win and make a massive roster change, and Anthony Davis is their best bet for doing so because Marcus Smart and, in particular, Jaylen Brown are game-changers.
No doubt, Jaylen Brown immediately became the second best player on the Los Angeles Lakers as she averaged 23.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 3.5 APG with the Celtics last year, shooting 47.3% off the field, 35.8% from three and 75.8% with the Celtics. Was. From the free-throw line. Those are all-star stats and numbers that indicate that the Browns were one of the most talented players under 26 in the NBA last year. The Browns have at least 6 more years at the All-Star level if he continues to improve his game on both ends of the floor. LeBron and Brown would be impossible to defend against, and the rest of the roster is filled with two-way players and shooters, including Marcus Smart, Patrick Beverly, Lonnie Walker and Thomas Bryant.
The Lakers can be very favorites to come out of the Western Conference because adding an All-Star in their prime who is generally strong and available takes them to the top. Winning an NBA championship isn’t easy, and nothing is guaranteed, which means going after a top-20 player should arguably be a no-brainer for the Lakers, even if it means losing the once-in-a-generation talent in Anthony Davis. .
Celtics play big, Lakers have a shot at conquering West
Boston is sized with Al Horford and Robert Williams, but the former is 36 and going 37, while Williams appears to be an injury-prone player as he is a bigger man who works hard in the paint. Bringing in Anthony Davis could prolong Al Horford’s influence as a grown man while giving Williams a leeway here and there. Of course, his internal defenses are greatly improved because Davis can block shots and protect the rim with the best of them. So for one, the Celtics improve their paint offense and defense.
Subsequently, Jason Tatum gets free reign on the periphery. Tatum is an elite scorer, and Malcolm Brogdon could unlock his game even better thanks to better playmaking. Brogdon and Tatum will be key pieces in the offense and can lead the charge in every game. Having a bigger guy who can get the ball and go to work also means the Celtics will be more skilled on the offense. A bigger man will almost always shoot a higher percentage than a perimeter player who relies on outside shots. Essentially, Boston improves his efficiency by taking higher-quality shots, a factor that cost him a lot in the finals last year. Of course, Tatum and Davis are one of the best pairings in the NBA by a long shot.
As for the Lakers, they move up their roster by bringing in Jaylen Brown, who can help LeBron James now and the Lakers in the future. Brown is only 25 years old, which means he has 7 years at the top level if he takes care of his body. He could lead the charge for Purple and Gold after The King retired and had the skills to become a cornerstone of the franchise. But the important thing is that Brown complements James as he is immediately available and can make the outside shot and build his offense. Of course, Brown will be hungry to prove himself that he is a superstar player and will not be as complacent as Davis in Los Angeles.
Next, Marcus Smart adds elite defensive play to the Lakers team that is lacking defensively. Smart works hard and has proven to be a winner, and is clearly a player LeBron James likes. Smart and Beverly will be a tough backcourt to score against and Brown completes a dynamic pairing with LeBron James. Losing Anthony Davis won’t be easy, but the Lakers need to make a change as James turns 38 next year and can’t afford to bring back a team that missed the playoffs entirely. The Lakers shake up the roster, add in a star, and make for arguably the most talented pairing in the Western Conference. Instead of bringing back cores who missed the playoffs, the Lakers could take a step to completely change the way they played under head coach Darwin Hamm.