Will the Lakers find an All-Star Before the Trade Deadline?

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Will the Lakers find an All-Star Before the Trade Deadline?

Jacob Turley, Editor

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The NBA trade deadline is rapidly approaching and numerous trades have already occurred.  One team that has been featured this week is the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers seem more and more desperate to find an all-star sidekick for LeBron James, but time is running out.  If not, there is a chance that the Lakers will not make the playoffs this season.  On top of that, LeBron has just barely returned from a groin injury that cost him over a month to rehabilitate.  This is a sign that the 34 year-old could be on a steady decline in the near future. The Lakers’ most desired trade prospect is New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. However, the highly-anticipated trade for Davis has not yet taken place.  Anthony Davis is having an amazing season, averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game.  This all-star forward is one of the greatest players in the NBA and is currently being pursued by other teams like the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. However, President of the Lakers and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has yet to hit the Pelicans sweet spot. This is very strange considering the fact that they offered their entire young core: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and two first round draft picks.  The Pelicans have yet to respond to this offer, hinting that they still aren’t convinced. This is ridiculous because the Lakers can’t really offer anything else within reason.  Many are confused as to how the Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps has not accepted.

Anthony Davis is continuing to not play in the games, and has expressed his continual discouragement with the team’s success.  He has even requested a trade making it obvious that he is angry with the organization.  So why is the GM rejecting the trade requests when it is most likely the best offer he could get? If Anthony Davis is not going to be with the Pelicans much longer, why not make a trade and start rebuilding for the future? This is because half the players offered in the Lakers trade have all-star potential and can become serious threats in the NBA. Other all-star level players like Kristaps Porzingis, and Tobias Harris have already been traded to other teams who are looking to make a playoff push.  Some potential players the Lakers could trade for are Klay Thompson, Bradley Beal, Mike Conley, and Marc Gasol. However, if they don’t get the players they want, they could always wait until next season to sign players in the free agency period. Some of these players include: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Kyrie Irving. All in all, the Lakers should remain patient and wait for their time to come. LeBron himself admitted that they probably wouldn’t have immediate success. Time is ticking.

 

 

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