RUMOR: Los Angeles Lakers Linked To Blockbuster Trade For All-Star Big Man To Form A New “Big Three” With LeBron James & Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis (left) and LeBron James (right) of Los Angeles Lakers looking on.Anthony Davis and LeBron James (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to a blockbuster trade for one of the league’s top big men in a move that would significantly bolster their 2025 NBA championship hopes.

Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Los Angeles Lakers. They hired J.J. Redick as their new head coach, used the No. 55 pick on LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, and extended the elder James on a two-year deal worth $104 million.

But it’s obvious that the Lakers need a third scorer to complement the 39-year-old James and fellow superstar Anthony Davis. Look no further than the Boston Celtics, who cruised to an NBA Championship after landing Kristaps Porzingis last offseason in a move to support the Jayson Tatum-Jaylen Brown duo.

BetArizona.com has listed the betting odds for Lauri Markkanen’s next team. The Utah Jazz All-Star big man is widely expected to be dealt this summer, and he’s been tied aplenty to the Lakers in trade rumors.

The Los Angeles Lakers have the fifth-best odds of landing Markkanen at +2000, behind the Golden State Warriors (+900), San Antonio Spurs (+1250), Houston Rockets (+1500) and Oklahoma City Thunder (+1500).

 

Markkanen earned his first All-Star selection in 2023 and took home Most Improved Player honors. The 27-year-old has averaged over 20 points per game in each of the last two seasons (25.6 PPG in 2022-23 and 23.2 this past year).

Lauri Markkanen Is The Perfect Target For Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers rode the James-Davis super duo to an NBA championship in the Orlando Bubble four years ago. But the supporting cast has weakened, and the Western Conference has become significantly more difficult.

Markkanen has put up excellent numbers on a rebuilding Utah team, bus his presence alongside James and Davis could take this offense to another level. A James-Davis-Markkanen trio would be arguably the best “big three” in the West, and it would greatly enhance their chances of winning another title before James retires.

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