The Lakers have some crazy work to do this offseason after a failed regular season had so much hype never pan out in the way they thought it would.
“You go to the Warriors and you say ‘Listen,’” the FS1 host began. “‘Wiseman’s a mess we’ll take him. Klay’s getting in the way of Jordan Poole we’ll take him. You take Anthony Davis, he’ll give you the requisite size to beat a DeAndre Ayton, a Giannis, or an Embiid.’ … There’s something there, right?”
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor stated that it addresses a need for the Lakers.
“LeBron James is about to be entering the 20th year of his NBA career, here. He’s nearing 40-years-old. For LeBron, he needs guys that are healthy and can shoot. … That’s the kind of deals the Lakers need to be angling for, is finding shooters.”
After winning the championship in 2019-20, the Lakers ran it back with relatively the same squad last year, but injuries down the line to Anthony Davis and LeBron James had them grasping at the 8th seed, only to be eliminated by the Suns in the first round when Davis went down with an injury.
Last offseason, the Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook and despite the hype, the fit was never there and the team missed the playoffs entirely.
In 32 appearances this season, Klay Thompson showed he still has something left in the tank as he averaged 20.4 points per game, securing the second-most points per game for the Warriors team. The 2021-22 NBA season is his first season back from multiple injuries that kept him out for over two seasons.
In 40 games this season, Davis averaged 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.3 blocks in 35.1 minutes of action per game. While there is no doubt that Anthony Davis is a dominant force on the court, he just cannot stay healthy.
James Wiseman did not play a single game this past season after undergoing surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee.
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