The Los Angeles Lakers came into the 2021-22 NBA season with championship aspirations. Due to a myriad of factors, when it was all said and done, the team couldn’t even make the playoffs.
Changes are on the horizon.
One big one that must occur is the accumulation of new talent. As presently constructed, this roster cannot succeed. Additional pieces must be added into the equation.
This week, a report emerged linking perpetually disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton to L.A.
“Anyway, there are so many things to consider here,” Sam Amico of Hoops Wire reported. “[Darius] Garland and Sexton share an agent. Garland became the face of the Cavs. The Cavs traded for Caris LeVert, who plays Sexton’s position.
“And Sexton is drawing plenty of interest — with a few league sources telling me even LeBron James‘ Lakers are interested. (That’s not happening, but explaining why is another full day of Dribbles).”
So why is it not happening? Well, there is one major issue blocking Sexton joining the purple and gold: money.
The Lakers don’t have any to spend and Sexton wants a ton of it. Because of that, a deal between the two sides is very, very unlikely.
Instead, Los Angeles will likely need to switch its focus to one of the three players the front office hopes to get this offseason. Those options are far more feasible.
If only Christian McCaffrey could be as lucky on the field as he is off it. https://t.co/otBjN0F1eU
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Plus, if the Lakers are ultimately able to unload Russell Westbrook on any of the four squads who have expressed a willingness to take him, that too may open up some avenues to adding fresh talent.
In any case, wherever Sexton ends up come 2022-23 – it’s unlikely to be L.A.