The Los Angeles Lakers are 19-19 this season and currently sit 10th in the Western Conference.
Despite riding a two-game winning streak heading into Wednesday, the consensus surrounding L.A. is that changes need to be made.
The only thing that is up for debate right now is how big those changes need to be.
Last week, Jovan Buha of The Athletic named two potential blockbuster trades to keep an eye on as it pertains to the Lakers.
“I think they’re going to make another sizeable, at least mid-sized move, if not a big move,” Buha said.
“It kind of depends on your definition. Is a big move an All-Star level player? I think they might be more on the fringes of that. But Zach LaVine and Dejounte Murray are the two names I continue to hear. Those are both Klutch clients, so there’s obviously a connection there.”
There is one major roadblock currently blocking a LaVine deal from going down, but Buha wouldn’t be surprised to see circumstances change.
“There are a lot of question marks,” Buha said. “Health, the shot selection, the defense, the contract. There are a lot of reasons to talk yourself out of it but the Lakers are in a win-now situation and LeBron is in year 21, he’s 39.
“I think something drastic has to happen with the way this team has been playing now for almost a month — be it Darvin Ham’s future or a big trade, I think something needs to change and not just a minor change [in] line-up or rotation. Something drastic needs to happen to turn this season around.”
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It will be interesting to see where all parties involved go from here.
Will the Lakers make a big move ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline? One way or another, an answer will emerge over the next month.
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