The Los Angeles Lakers are 28-16 on the year, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. While that in itself isn’t terrible, the team is 5-5 over their last 10 outings and has now lost three straight.
Injuries to both LeBron James and Anthony Davis have severely damaged the Lakers’ ability to win games, and it appears as though the front office is ready to make some drastic changes.
With the NBA Trade Deadline set to come and go on March 25th, LA has reportedly made three prominent players available for trade.
Two of them just joined the roster this past offseason.
One is a holdover.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Lakers have been “open to discussing all of Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with rival teams as of Monday night, and that chatter has not since quieted among league executives.”
In this particular case, Fischer noted that the Lakers mentioned all three players in a possible trade for Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors.
The Lakers have been linked to Lowry for months now, so a deal of this sort would make sense. Trying to secure him now that the Raptors have made it clear they’re looking to move the 34-year-old isn’t surprising. What is surprising, however, is that LA is willing to part ways with so many new additions.
In the case of Schroder, the Lakers’ openness to a trade is a bit more understandable. He is looking for big money this offseason, by his own admission.
Harrell is a bit more surprising, and his inclusion in all this explains his recent ominous message.
That answers that. https://t.co/giybknFbu8
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 22, 2021
Caldwell-Pope has been talked about in various scenarios for years now, so him being on the block is no big bombshell either.
Clearly the Lakers realize that something big needs to happen over the next 24 hours. Between getting bad news about Anthony Davis’ recovery and James’ unfortunate prognosis, this is desperation time for the defending champs.
Will the Lakers be able to get something done and turn their season around? An answer should emerge shortly.