“I can’t control these things”

As the Los Angeles Lakers wrap up one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history and prepare for a consequential summer that could involve big changes to try and return to a championship track, Anthony Davis says he doesn’t care about hypothetical trading scenarios in which he is involved.

“I can’t control these things,” Davis told ESPN after the Lakers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, eliminating LA from the Play-In tournament competition. “It’s a matter from above. A Klutch thing, Rich Paul. my agency

“I mean, my job is to go out and play basketball. Obviously I love LA. If they consider that, we’ll talk about it. I don’t know what you’re talking about, what’s the plan.”

To be clear, Davis has no indication the Lakers will trade him, but as a 10-year NBA veteran, he is well aware of how the league works. “I mean, I don’t think they intend to do anything [with me]”, he said. ‘I don’t know, man. F— I don’t know.”

LA traded for Davis almost three years ago and sent Brandon Ingram, Lonzo ball, Josh Hartthree first-round picks and two pick swaps to the Pelicans from New Orleans for the talented great man.

Davis made an immediate impact in his freshman year at LA, playing 62 of 71 regular-season games in the shortened season and helping the Lakers win the championship while finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year picks. Following that title, the Lakers rewarded Davis with a five-year, $190 million contract extension.

Since then, he has missed exactly half of LA’s regular season games due to various injuries. The Thursday game against the Warriors of the Golden Statefor which Davis will be sidelined with a right metatarsal sprain and plantar fascia, marks the No. 76 game of 152 he has sat out since the start of the 2020-21 season.

Davis, an eight-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA draft pick, recognizes that his injury history is the one major wart on an otherwise stellar professional resume.

“My job is to be on the basketball court and play games,” Davis said. “If I’m sane, I’m a motherf—er. But I have to stay healthy. Unfortunately it was two injuries that I couldn’t control this year but I’ll be back next year and see what happens.”

Davis missed 17 straight games from late December through late January after sustaining an MCL sprain in his left knee. Then, in mid-February, he suffered a foot injury that saw him miss 18 straight games.

But those injuries, Davis said, don’t leave him injury-prone. Both resulted from unfortunate circumstances that would have hurt any player.

“I haven’t had any injuries this year where it’s like, ‘Damn, that’s AD’s fault,'” Davis said. “Someone falls into my leg, sprains my MCL. Exactly the same [Kevin Durant] had.”

In fact, Durant missed 21 straight games after his Brooklyn Networks teammate Bruce Brown fell backward in his left leg while getting back into transition defense against the New Orleans Pelicans and absorbing the contact Herb Jones that sent him spread out.

It was reminiscent of the instance this season when Lebron James attempted a give-and-go with Davis and caused the Jaden McDaniels falling to the ground and crashing into Davis’ knees – James used a swimming stroke to get past McDaniels and the Wolves’ wing lost its balance.

A few months later, Davis suffered his second serious injury of the season when he jumped in the air to catch a teammate’s missed lob pass Malik Monk and landed on a size 20 sneaker Utah jazz center Rudy Gobert when he got back on the ground. “And then I fall on someone’s foot and sprain my ankle really bad — well, my foot, really bad,” Davis said. “I can’t control that.”

When asked if the extended offseason would allow Davis, 29, to reassess his training methods in hopes of staying healthy going forward, the big man pushed back.

“No,” Davis said. “To be honest, my training methods have been top notch. I can’t control when I step on someone’s foot, and I can’t control when someone falls on my leg. It’s not like I’m out of shape, and I was fucking doing some crazy s— or it was all I could control.”

Davis believes his approach to training has only helped him, not hurt him.

“The good thing is what people don’t know is that the doctors actually told me that you’re lucky. Our team doctor said if you don’t do the work you’re supposed to be doing this summer, it could both have been worse ” Davis said.

“I could have one, lift my foot a lot more. Or I could have ripped some sh… in my knee. So it’s positive for me to know that I’ve worked a lot this summer and I’ve avoided catastrophic injuries to my body.

“So people can say what they want to say, but I know what I do every summer to prepare for an 82-game season.”

The Lakers announced Thursday that forward Trevor Ariza would be placed on waivers.

Ariza played 24 games (11 starts) for the Lakers this season. He averaged 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.

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