Los Angeles Lakers Must Develop Hidden Gem Ed Davis for the Future

November 11th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

As bleak as the present looks for the Los Angeles Lakers, their future doesn't seem much brighter.

The cupboards are nearly barren, as a franchise that spent so much time living for today never needed to worry about tomorrow. There are barely any prospects in the picture, and reinforcements could be hard to find with the Lakers possibly on the hook for two of their next three first-round picks.

L.A.'s hopes rest on the shoulders of 19-year-old Julius Randle, whose rookie season likely ended the same night it started. Beyond the lottery pick, the Lakers are banking on their ability to attract several front-line free agents over the coming summers.

So much of this rebuilding project is going to be guesswork. Breakout candidate Ed Davis could be a welcome supply of certitude. Just starting to scratch the surface of his full potential, he has already given the Lakers reasons to consider keeping him around for the long haul.

"He is 25 and could be part of the Lakers' future," ESPN.com's Arash Markazi wrote of Davis. "... In a season that doesn't have many silver linings, dev ...

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