Proposed Trade Sends Lakers $149 Million of Combined Talent

If the Los Angeles Lakers need to enhance their present roster, and really have an opportunity of competing for an NBA championship this season, making a commerce is their solely choice.

In accordance with Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, one potential deal that is smart for Los Angeles is buying and selling for 3 Orlando Magic veterans, all of whom might help enhance the Lakers’ front-court manufacturing.

Magic Get: Russell Westbrook, and a 2027 first-round draft choose.

“Harris and Ross deliver some much-needed taking pictures and wing play to a Lakers staff that craves each. Isaac is nearing a return to the court docket following a two-plus-year absence on account of knee accidents and was an elite defender the final time we noticed him in an NBA sport.

This commerce additionally lets the Lakers hold their 2029 first-round choose, with 2023-24 contracts for Harris and Isaac both partially or fully non-guaranteed ought to L.A. prioritize cap house as a substitute,” Swartz wrote.

If Isaac recovers from his present damage struggles and stays wholesome, he might be a big constructing block alongside Anthony Davis for the Lakers’ long-term future. However within the quick time period, each Harris and Ross would offer some much-needed ground spacing and secondary playmaking to a Lakers roster that’s far too liable to moments of offensive stagnation.

LeBron James Set to Return From Damage

In phrases of short-term influence, having LeBron James again within the rotation ought to be a big assist for the Lakers. In accordance with NBA Insider Chris Haynes, LeBron intends to make his return to Los Angeles’ rotation on November 25, once they’re set to face the San Antonio Spurs.

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My @NBAonTNT in-game report on when Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James (groin) intends to make his return to motion.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 23, 2022

“League sources inform me, that LeBron will make his return, Friday, in San Antonio,” Haynes stated.

LeBron has participated in 10 video games for the Lakers this season, offering them with 24.9 factors, 8.8 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per sport whereas taking pictures 45.7% from the sector. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how a lot LeBron’s presence helps enhance the Lakers’ fortunes, particularly now that Anthony Davis is enjoying at such an elite stage.

Darvin Ham Needs Davis to Stay Aggressive

On November 18, Davis offered the Lakers with a gargantuan efficiency in opposition to the Detroit Pistons, dropping 38 factors, 16 rebounds, two assists, 4 blocks, and a steal, on 62.5% taking pictures from the sector. Chatting with the media following the sport, Lakers’ head coach, Darvin Ham, famous how he desires Davis to proceed being aggressive on offense when LeBron returns to the rotation. 

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“He’s been a giant pressure for us all yr and tonight was no completely different,” Darvin Ham on AD’s efficiency (38 PTS, 16 REB, 4 BLK) within the #Lakers win over the Pistons.

— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) November 19, 2022

“He’s been a giant pressure for us all yr, and tonight was no completely different…I feel it’s extraordinarily essential (Davis remaining aggressive), I imply, simply making an attempt to maintain Bron when he comes again, being environment friendly together with his minutes and environment friendly together with his put on and tear. AD must be the main pressure, the main cost, in phrases of how we need to play inside-outside basketball, stress on the rim, stress within the paint continually,” Ham stated.

If LeBron is keen to take a step again in position and permit Davis to steer the Lakers’ offense for the rest of the season, it’s attainable that we might see a resurgence from the purple and gold, but it surely all rests on LeBron’s willingness to take a step again and embrace a supporting position. We should wait and see how that performs out.

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