The Los Angeles Lakers arrive at the 2022-2023 season with many questions around them, after the nightmare campaign they have just had.
Here are three changes the team’s brass could make to return to being an NBA title contender and take advantage of LeBron James’ remaining time.
The Utah Jazz is a team that is in an absolute stage of reconstruction and they have already said goodbye to their two main figures Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The Lakers can take advantage of this to offer Russell Westbrook and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Mike Conley, Malik Beasley and Kelly Olynyk, three veterans who would provide a better complement to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
This is the agreement that the Lakers have sought the most but have not been able to agree with the Pacers. This week ESPN’s Zach Lowe said Indiana would be entertaining the idea of accepting both of the Lakers’ first-round picks to give up its two veterans and receive Russell Westbrook’s $47 million contract.
This deal would see the arrival of Russell Westbrook and a future first-round draft pick (Lakers) to the Spurs, a first-round pick (Spurs) to the Rockets, and finally Eric Gordon, David Nwaba, Jakob Poetl and Josh Richardson to the Los Angeles team, although of course the fact that it takes a third team to pull it off complicates matters.