The LA Lakers did not plan on losing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs this season. LeBron James can’t win on his own and Anthony Davis wasn’t much help while hurt. The Lake Show might need to take a trip to the trading block and a rival team have a guard who would really benefit them.
The Athletics’ David Aldridge recently spoke on CLNS’ Celtics Beat podcast about the Lakers’ current need for some kind of a third man situation. That is evident. The big question is where they will look, and the Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker could be up their ally.
“If you told me the Lakers are trying to get him, I’d go, ‘Yeah, that makes sense.’ You know what I mean? That makes sense. The problem is, I don’t think the Celtics want Dennis Schroder back, but you have to figure out how to make that deal, right? I won’t be surprised if he’s moved this summer at all, because, to your point, I don’t think this has worked out the way he thought it was going to work out in Boston for him.”
Walker isn’t a perfect replacement either. He only played 43 games last season due to nagging injuries. His knees and back aren’t perfect, but he could bring a solid level of experience to that position.
He is currently in his third year of a four-year deal with Boston, making $140.7 million for the life of the contract. Right now he holds a $37.6 player option for the fourth season of that deal.
We’ll have to see what happens during the off-season, but the LA Lakers could certainly use someone else that they can fall back on.
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