As we continue through the season, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves one day closer to the start of training camp – but their rebuilding work seems far from complete.
After a strong start to the summer, Los Angeles has somewhat changed course, turning their attention to a new superstar addition in the form of Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. Until that deal is ruled out or becomes a done deal, it’s unlikely we’ll see the Lakers front office turn their attention back to the bench rotation.
However, with so many talented veterans now on the freelance market, it’s up to Rob Pelinka and the back office to get their core business done first – especially if that means Reuniting LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
However, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Stinar, LeBron and Irving are not the only reunion happening in Lakerland, as he proposed signing former winger Lance Stephenson through free agency, in an attempt to improve improve the Lakers’ bench.
“He played for the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks last season, but before that he last played in the NBA in 2019 for the Los Angeles Lakers… While not very likely in terms of potential, he could be. Bring loads of experience and play solidly off the bench. The season will start in a little over two months, so they can take him to training camp and see what he looks like before the season actually starts. If he’s not the right fit, they can just give him up,” Stinar wrote on August 13.
Stephenson, 31, may not be the stellar sale Lakers fans are hoping for, but his ability to play as a point guard, shooting guard and small forward will allow the new head coach to Darvin Ham is creative with his rotation. Furthermore, during his 46 regular games last season, Stephenson proved he is still capable of making an impact at the NBA level, averaging 8.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 45.5% from the pitch and 30% from the deep.
Lakers Can Still Trade Russell Westbrook
Regardless of what happens to Kyrie Irving in the coming weeks, the Lakers are likely to continue shopping Westbrook across the league, as they want to knock him off their roster after a disappointing debut season in purple and yellow shirt.
So far, Los Angeles has struggled to find an interested commercial partner for the superstar defender, unless the front office is willing to attach future draft properties to sweeten the deal – Things have been deemed unlimited in recent weeks.
However, according to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers continue to believe they have options when it comes to removing their star point guard – despite what is being reported in the media.
“Lakers sources claim they have options beyond what has been reported (Irving, Buddy Hield, Myles Turner and others). Better time to reveal those once the bigger moves are made,” Woike wrote on Aug.
Analyst urges Lakers to cut ties with Westbrook
Speaking on the August 5 episode of Fox Sports ‘Undisputed,’ NBA analyst Skip Bayless pleaded with the Lakers to take a bold stance on Westbrook’s future – even if it means buying out the final year. of his current contract.
“Russ (Westbrook) was a disaster, I’m afraid you’re completely stuck with him. I don’t see any scenario where Jeanie Buss would rubber stamp a bunch of draft picks to get him out of here. The best way to solve this problem is to pay him $47 million and send him home. Just do the addition by subtraction.
That would be the best she could do for the basketball team – because then you protect all your future picks, and you allow LeBron to figure it out without Westbrook in the process. submit. You just say ‘Ok, we had a hard time, but we swallowed our pride, swallowed $47 million, and Russ, we don’t need you,’ cheerfully,” Bayless said.
Regardless of what happens to Westbrook this season, the Lakers still need to make sure their bench has improved from last season, and that the roster is capable of competing for the NBA championship. While Stephenson hasn’t moved much on his own, his versatility and fighting style of play could help make the Lakers a more competitive team as we continue to move closer to the 2022 season- 23.
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