The Los Angeles Lakers have undergone a complete makeover this past offseason.
In return for Russell Westbrook and three future second-rounders, they dealt away Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and the draft rights to Isaiah Jackson.
Beyond that, the Lakers also went out and signed Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Kendrick Nunn and Kent Bazemore – among others.
Many are now viewing them as a legitimate title contender for next season.
One person who isn’t impressed, though? Brooklyn Nets backup Blake Griffin.
“You look at it but at the end of the day, things on paper, it’s tough to say,” he told Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News. “I’ve been in situations where a team stacks up and it doesn’t work out.”
Beyond that, Griffin feels like Brooklyn had a very strong offseason in its own right. Namely, he liked the additions of Patty Mills, Jevon Carter, James Johnson and Deandre’ Bembry.
“I thought the front office did a great job of targeting exactly what we need and going out and getting it,” Griffin added.
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 10, 2021
Over the past few years, probably because he was battling so many injuries, Griffin has remained relatively quiet. The last time he really spoke out was when he explained why he refused to dunk with the Detroit Pistons. So him making this observation is notable.
Opinions on the Lakers’ offseason have been mixed thus far. Some believe it was excellent and that the team is destined to win another championship. Others think it was disastrous, and that LeBron James made a huge mistake signing off on it.
Who will ultimately be vindicated? Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.