The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA so far.
As it turns out, taking a squad that couldn’t even make the playoffs last year and then not modifying the roster in any material way during the offseason is not a recipe for success.
Now, with L.A. sitting alongside the Houston Rockets at the bottom of the league record-wise, the front office is looking to make some roster alterations.
Three free agents, it would appear, have caught Rob Pelinka’s attention.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Los Angeles currently has its eye on Moe Harkless, Joe Wieskamp and Tony Snell.
“They’re probably looking at marginal changes around the edges at best.. The organization seems to be moving in a direction where they’re going to resist moving 1st round picks if the season continues to go down this path.”
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“They worked out Moe Harkless recently,” he reported.
“And I’m told the Lakers also held free-agent workouts with Joe Wieskamp and Tony Snell.”
Obviously all three aren’t exactly players of the same magnitude as Myles Turner or Buddy Hield, but the Lakers’ refusal to part with their draft picks limits their options.
“They’re probably looking at marginal changes around the edges at best,” Charania added.
“… The organization seems to be moving in a direction where they’re going to resist moving first-round picks if the season continues to go down this path.”
The Lakers currently rank dead last in the NBA in three-point shooting. They’re also third-from-the-bottom in the league when it comes to points scored per game and fifth-from-the-bottom in field goal percentage.
Across the board, L.A. is struggling.
Over the past couple of days the Lakers have been linked to a possible trade with the San Antonio Spurs. On Thursday, word emerged about what specifically Los Angeles was demanding from San Antonio in any prospective deal.
That coupled with reports about why the Lakers aren’t interested in Hield or Turner speaks to the fact that major moves in the short-term are unlikely.
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And if that is the case, then this current level of play is one fans should probably get used to.
Can the Lakers still turn this season around? Maybe. But at the moment, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.