Houston Rockets in position to trade for Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis

Despite owning the worst record in the NBA last year, the Houston Rockets still have a bright future to look forward to. The Rockets currently have a young core of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood and others in place, as well as the No. 3 overall pick in the June 23 draft.

Houston could play the long game and add another young, up-and-coming piece like Duke’s Paolo Banchero or Purdue’s Jaden Ivey — assuming Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith go for the top two picks as expected. Or, if the Rockets wanted to take a risk on a winning move now, they could bundle some of their current plays and call the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a recent speculation article, NBA Analysis Network laid out three hypothetical trade proposals in which Anthony Davis would end up in a Rockets uniform. Here’s what those trade packages looked like:

Trade No. 1

Lakers receive: John Wall, 2022 first-round pick (#17 – HOU), 2023 first-round pick (MIA), 2026 first-round pick (Swap – HOU), 2028 first-round pick (HOU)

Rockets host: Anthony Davis

Trade No. 2

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Los Angeles Lakers receive: Christian Wood, Eric Gordon, Jae’Sean Tate, 2023 first-round pick (MIL), 2028 first-round pick (HOU)

Houston Rockets host: Anthony Davis

Trade #3

Brooklyn Nets receives: John Wall, 2023 first-round pick (MIL), 2027 first-round pick (Top 10 protected – LAL), 2028 first-round pick (HOU)

Los Angeles Lakers receive: Kyrie Irving

Houston Rockets host: Anthony Davis

This last business option seems to be the most realistic given a few key reasons. First, the Brooklyn Nets have little to no project capital and could be on the verge of a full rebuild if Irving chooses. Second, the disappointing Lakers will likely want to appease LeBron James, who is friends with Irving and won a championship with him in Cleveland six years ago.

If the Rockets want to take a chance on Davis, who has averaged just 38 games a season since the Lakers won the championship in 2020, this might be their best chance to make it happen. However, if the Houston forward manages to be patient, the long game could have more benefits for a team that is still young and learning.

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