The Los Angeles Lakers’ failed attempt at winning a second consecutive title this year has caused a lot of introspection within the organization.
In the immediate aftermath of LA’s first-round meltdown against the Phoenix Suns, Kyle Kuzma’s trade became an inevitability, the front office’s position on Dennis Schroder solidified, and Andre Drummond’s status was suddenly thrown in flux.
One other ramification of this season’s disappointing playoff run was the Lakers realizing they needed additional offensive firepower.
Fortunately, they may be able to get it thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent implosion.
According to Sam Amico of HoopsWire, the Lakers are very much in the running for a deal centering around big man Kevin Love and polarizing young star Collin Sexton.
An important part of making this trade feasible is LA determining whether it “would be willing to take back the contract of Cavs power forward Kevin Love to help make a Sexton trade work.” If not, the Lakers might need to “reach out to third parties to help facilitate a deal.”
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Sexton is an incredible talent, that much is undeniable. He averaged 24.3 points per game this past season and showed some real evolution offensively. His biggest issue is his attitude and the fact that his own teammates despise him. Would that change on the Lakers? It’s tough to say. Mind you, this group had some serious chemistry problems in 2020-21.
Love, meanwhile, is obviously a shell of his former self. That said, with Montrezl Harrell’s growing discontent and increasingly disturbing social media posts, he could fill a pretty legitimate need for LA.
The Lakers are currently in the running for a blockbuster trade with the San Antonio Spurs, but if that one doesn’t materialize, this could be the next best thing.