Lakers’ leadership plans to trade long-term players instead of quick fixes

For the longest time, Los Angeles Lakers have worried more about fixing the team with players who can cause an immediate effect. This plan worked in 2020 after they won the NBA championship with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Since winning that championship, the team leadership has brought in players such as Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, or Patrick Beverley. All of them were supposed to help the team’s most immediate needs but none of them has managed to live up to the expectations. With those results in hand, there is a new path that the team leadership will attempt to follow. This information is coming from a report by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

According to his inside information, the Lakers willl only go after players who can improve the team over the next three years or even more. Their sole intention is to get the best possible players who can accompany LeBron James during the better years he has left in his career. At the moment, the Kid from Akron is still averaging 30 PPG at the age of 38. He is still playing as if he had at least another two or three years at the highest level and the Lakers feel they have wated many opportunities with one of the best to ever do it.

Will the Lakers trade or wait until next off-season?

This report is suggesting that the Lakers won’t pursue players during trading season and will wait until the off-season to make fundamental changes to the roster. They are not willing to risk making a rushed deal in February if they can wait for July in order to get the best possible option to accompany LeBron James. This means that the Lakers will be willing to wait on an All-Star who still has at least three great years left in his career. Also, the plan to to find a franchise player who can eventually take over LeBron James’ leadership when he decides to leave the organization.