That is the verdict of ESPN pundit Andre Snellings.
The Lakers were defeated 113-95 by the Utah Jazz on Friday.
Michael Beasley was the highest scorer for the team with just 17 points, as LeBron James’ absence was clearly felt.
Kyle Kuzma, who dropped 41 points on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, produced a shell of that performance as he scored just 11 points in 36 minutes, adding eight rebounds.
The result left many Lakers fans pleading for franchise management to make a trade move for Davis, their long-term target.
New Orleans Pelicans’ leading man Davis has been wanted by LA for some time now, as he is seen as the ideal second superstar to LeBron.
With the February 7 trade deadline fast approaching, teams are running out of time to make any trade deals, and Snellings discussed the possibility of the Lakers making any moves before then.
“They should [explore a trade], but only for Anthony Davis,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Davis is the only player with any rumored possibility of becoming available who, when matched with LeBron, would give the Lakers a legitimate chance to contend this season.
“But if New Orleans holds on to AD as expected, the Lakers would be best served to finish the season strong, try to make a playoff push to season their youngsters and then enter the offseason with their max cap space and better ability to make moves.”
It is expected that the Lakers will wait until the end of the season before exploring the option of adding a new star to the team.
A host of players will become free agents in July, with Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler all expected to look for new teams.
And the Lakers will have the salary cap space in the summer to recruit any of the major names on the market.
Fellow ESPN pundit Kevin Pelton agreed with Snellings, and said there was no need for the Lakers to rush into a trade.
“They shouldn’t and won’t [make a trade before Feb 7], mostly because I don’t know what big trade there is to be made at this point,” he wrote.
“I’d consider it extremely unlikely Anthony Davis will be traded at the deadline.
“And the Lakers should certainly wait to see whether Davis is attainable before making another blockbuster trade.”