What a time to be alive. The Los Angeles Lakers captured their 17th NBA title last Sunday. Since then, Lakers fans have been living their best lives, and have been reminding those that doubted this team all year just how wrong they were. There have been Zoom parties, Twitter parties, and even a live party in downtown LA in front of STAPLES.
Now, the fun part begins. As exciting as the season is, I enjoy the off season just as much. Now is the time for the Lakers to construct their roster for next year in hopes of going back to back for the first time since 2009-2010.
As for the current roster, many role players have decided to opt out of their contracts. This should come as no surprise to most Lakers fans. This team is full of veterans looking for their last major contract. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that they have opted out. So far, Rajon Rondo, KCP, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis. It appears as of now that JaVale McGee, and Avery Bradley wil both opt into their contracts for next year.
Most Lakers fans will be happy to have Avery Bradley back. He proved to be a very effective perimeter defender, and maintained a 35% 3FG throughout the season. However, most fans will not be so excited about having JaVale McGee back. Throughout the playoffs, Lakers fans expressed their ill favored emotions towards him as he looked slow, and simply out of sync with the flow of the game.
Finally, Coach Vogel decided to insert Dwight Howard into the starting lineup, which provide to provide a jolt of energy into the squad. This move effectively ended McGee’s role on the team, and he was no longer part of the rotation. So, with that being established, can the Lakers effectively pull off a trade to bring in another player to pair with AD, and LeBron James next season? Lets find it.
Lakers Finally Land Beal
Lakers: Bradley Beal
Wizards: Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, KCP
So. Lets break this down. First, This is assuming KCP resigns with the Lakers. If he does, this is also assuming he resigns with using the same similar contract structure as well. Assuming all this goes as planned, which it most likely not, WE WELCOME BRADLEY BEAL TO THE LAKE SHOW! He has been linked to the Lakers in trade talks for quite some time.
Bradley Beal would be the perfect fit for this team. Looking ahead to the post LeBron era, Beal and AD would make for a gruesome twosome for the next 3-5 years. Add on the fact that LeBron James would have a significant amount of offensive burden taken off from him, he would be able to extend his career as well. This past season, Bradley Beal’s offensive averages were 30PPG, 3RPG, 6APG, while shooting a whopping 84% from the FT line, 49% FG, and a 38% 3P%. My goodness. Inserting those numbers next to AD and LeBron would be a dream come true for the Lakers.
Especially considering their weakness throughout the season was the lack of playmaking from the guards. Inserting Beal immediately fixes this.
Rose Lands in LA
Lakers: Derrick Rose
Pistons: Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso
It’s ok. Breathe Lakers fans. I know. Caruso and us have as special bond, and connection. This isn’t real. Just a hypothetical. However, it’s no denying that Derrick Rose would immediately be the best guard on the team. He has been able to resurrect his career quite nicely in Detroit. This past season, he was able to average 18PPG, while shooting a CAREER HIGH 53% from the field. His 3P% continued to be nothing special. He was able to shoot only 30% this past season. A significant decrease from Bradley Beal. The question is are the Lakers willing to bid farewell to a swiss army knife in Alex Caruso? Maybe. Maybe not. Just an option. Lets look at another.
Oladipo Gets A Fresh Start
Lakers: Victor Oladipo
Pacers: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, 1st RD Pick
Alright. We all know Victor Oladipo won’t be back in Indiana next season. He’s linked to several teams per several reports, and one of those teams include the Los Angeles Lakers. Oladipo is only one year older than AD, so ideally, you imagine you’ve found your two stars for the future in which you build around. However, since the 16′-17′ season, his games played has declined from 75, 36, to 19 this past season.
Obviously, this should worry Lakers fans if they do decide to pull there trigger, and bring in Oladipo. However, when healthy, he has proven to be one of the top guards in the league. Before being hit with injuries, he was averaging 23PPG while shooting 52% from the field, and a 37% 3p%. AGAIN. This was the 2017-2018 season. Since then, his numbers gave declined. Understandably so because of injury. However, if you’re the Lakers, you want to make sure that the guy you’re bringing in to pair with AD for the future can remain on the court.
LaVine Is Back In LA
Lakers: Zach Lavine
Bulls: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, THT
You should see a theme here. Danny Green, and Kyle Kuzma. If you haven’t caught on yet, shame on you. With that being said, This trade brings former UCLA product Zach LaVine back to LA. LaVine has had quite a career thus far since entering the NBA in 2014. This past season, he averaged 25PPG, while shooting 49% from the field. Also, he shot 38% from the 3PT line. So he clearly solves your problems with shooting.
Outside of his ability to shoot, he also has the ability to create his own shot. Now. Is he your GUY alongside AD for the future? Possibly. Unlike Beal, I’m not entirely sure he’s for sure your future star alongside AD. However, with LeBron and AD, he’s a near perfect fit. Yet another young (25) player that you can pair with your two stars at the moment to help levitate the scoring load off of a 36 year of LeBron James. Oh. And did I mention LaVine said his dream teammate would be LeBron James? He did I swear! Look:
Of course, the Lakers could simply just resign everyone, and run it back. They did just win the NBA title after all. however, I think most fans would be disappointed in that move. The goal should be to continue to get better. As good as this team is, there are some glaring weaknesses on the roster that a few sly moves from OUR EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Rob Pelinka could very well pull off. You’ve also established yourself as a desirable FA destination.
Lakers should absolutely give players like Danilo Gallinari a look, and sign him to a very team friendly contract. Either way, the Lakers are in a prime position to maneuver themselves into making this a dynasty. Simply make a few key adjustments here and there, and you’re ready to contend for the next 3-5 years. Or just hire me, and let me do it. Either way. Lets enjoy this championship, and gear up for another one.
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