The Los Angeles Lakers came into the 2022-23 NBA season with an understanding that their present roster was lacking.
That said, nobody was expecting for them to be the worst team in the league. And yet that is precisely what they are at the moment.
For obvious reasons, fans of the team have been holding out hope that a magical trade that will resolve everything is on the horizon. Specifically, three teams have been cited as potential suitors for a Russell Westbrook deal.
This week, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on ‘Get Up’ and offered something of a hard truth to the optimists.
“Well, I think a Russell Westbrook move to the bench is inevitable unless his performance changes, unless his team changes,” Wojnarowski said.
“But the big trades that people want with the Lakers: Westbrook and his $47 million out with those first round picks that the Lakers have in ’27 and ’29… all the deals the Lakers didn’t want to do in the offseason, that’s all that’s there two weeks into the season.”
In order words, there is no silver bullet here. L.A. can have Myles Turner and Buddy Hield for their remaining draft capital. Or they can have Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and scraps from the Utah Jazz. But that’s pretty much it. Luka Doncic isn’t walking through the door any time soon.
That said, there does appear to be some validity to the Lakers’ theory of waiting for 20 or 30 games before moving forward with some sort of deal.
“Teams don’t really get serious about doing deals and maybe pivoting away from trying to be a playoff team or trying to go toward the lottery in a year where there’s Victor Wembanyama available,” Wojnarowski noted.
“They’re not going to do that until 20 or 30 games into the season.”
It’s an ugly scene.
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 28, 2022
And a clear fix isn’t anywhere in sight.
Will this once-proud franchise somehow, some way be able to regain some semblance of respectability at some point this season?
Time will tell.