The talk around roster change continues, so let’s discuss what players are likely to stay in the team, who wants to join it and who might get traded.
LeBron wants to retire as a Laker
Many fans will be delighted to know that the great forward of the Lakers, LeBron James, has announced that he is planning to play for the Los Angeles club for the rest of his career.
According to James, he really hopes that he will end his career as a Lakers player, regardless of when it happens, in four years, five, six, seven — whenever.
As LeBron recently stated in the Smartless podcast, performing for such a historical franchise as the Lakers is something similar to being in the Space Jam. He never thought it might be possible.
The contract of the 36-year-old player will last until the end of the next season. In the 20-21 NBA Championship, LeBron played in 46 matches, scored 25 points, had 7.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.
Trade with Portland
According to an anonymous NBA agent, Carmelo Anthony, a forward playing for Portland, is highly likely to transfer to the Lakers in the 2021 offseason and play on the same team as his close friend LeBron James.
The Lakers are the place that is most likely to help Anthony to advance his career if he leaves Portland in the off-season.
As the agent has stated, both sides are deeply interested in one another.
In the 2021 off-season, Anthony will become a free agent. The Blazers changed their head coach, appointing a debutant Chauncey Billups. The team’s leader, Damian Lillard, is rumoured to be thinking about changing the team.
37-year-old Anthony scored 13.4 points in the season and had, on average, 3.1 rebounds per game.
Reggie Miller: under no circumstances should the Lakers trade Anthony Davis
trade Anthony Davis for Portland’s point guard Damian Lillard.
According to Miller, they shouldn’t do it under any circumstances because no matter how much he loves him, Damian Lillard needs a ball in his hands to achieve success. That’s what made him great. He can pick-and-roll excellently by himself.
Miller said he thinks that LeBron also needs the ball to be successful, considering what he’s been doing throughout his career. Miller doesn’t believe that they will play well together, in one team. That’s why Anthony Davis is a perfect person to play alongside LeBron.
What are the Lakers looking for?
This off-season, the Lakers are looking for a playmaker who will allow LeBron James and Anthony Davis to play more in the positions of power forward and centre, says insider Mark Stein.
One of the players who is considered is the point guard of New Orleans, Lonzo Ball.
In the past two seasons, the Lakers had a lot of rotation at the centre position, despite the fact that their best lineup is considered the five, in which James and Davis are numbers four and five.
Last year, the Lakers let go of Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee, replacing them with Montrezl Harrell, Andre Drummond and Marc Gasol.
Mario Chalmers wants to reunite with LeBron
Mario Chalmers, a two-time NBA champion (both times as a player for the Miami team), wants to reunite with LeBron James in the Lakers club.
The 35-year-old point guard reacted to the news that the Lakers are looking for a ”difference-making playmaker” and wrote in his Twitter account asking to be given a shot and invited to a workout or play pick up.
This summer, the Lakers are considering trading Kyle Kuzma and Dennis Shroeder, as reported by Bleacher Report insider Jake Fisher.
According to him, it is expected that Chicago and New York will be contenders for Schroeder, and both clubs can acquire him through sign-and-trade, although the Knicks definitely can afford to sign him directly. This summer, the New York team will probably have up to $ 50 million on their payroll.
According to Fisher, meanwhile, the Lakers continue to assess the interest of other teams in Kyle Kuzma, but Schroeder has a higher value in the NBA.