The Lakers are doing LeBron James and Anthony Davis wrong by not going all in and, according to an NBA insider, are unlikely to make the obvious move.
According to Sam Amick of The Atheltic, the Los Angeles Lakers are “unlikely” to trade Russell Westbrook before the deadline. As he goes into the report which I will highly recommend reading before reading this article; The Lakers are looking at three paths when it comes to trades this season.
One path is trading Westbrook and two first-round picks for a star. The second path is to trade the expiring contracts of Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, and first/second-round picks for role players who can “upgrade” the team. Finally, the third path would be to do both but use only second-round picks for the Beverly and Nunn deals.
It’s clear that the Lakers need to make trades and go all in even in light of Anthony Davis’ injury and extended absence. Based on expectations for him this season, Russell Westbrook is playing exceptionally well. He deserves to be applauded for adjusting to his new role off the bench and not just accepting his player option and giving in after all the unnecessary hate he has received from fans.
Still, at the percentage of the cap that he takes, he doesn’t contribute enough off the bench to make up for the role players the Lakers would be missing. Additionally, Patrick Beverley hasn’t been very good this season, regressing defensively.
Beverley also hasn’t been very good offensively, even by his own standards (which weren’t so great, to begin with, but fairly enough he was a defensive specialist), shooting a career-worst 33 percent from the field.
Lakers rumors: Unlikely Russell Westbrook trade is wasting LeBron James, Anthony Davis
LeBron James only has so many left years of prime play. Yes, James has regressed a bit but is still a player that can contend for titles if you surround him with the right talent.
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