The Los Angeles Lakers have made it abundantly clear that this past season’s early ouster from the playoffs was a one-off. Injuries and poor team chemistry led to their first round collapse versus the Phoenix Suns, and the front office is working diligently to ensure better results in 2021-22.
One move the Lakers could make to radically change the team’s current trajectory is acquiring Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lillard, in the past, has expressed interest in playing for the Lakers – so it would be a win-win for all sides.
What could LA offer up to attain Lillard?
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report answered that very question this week.
“The Los Angeles Lakers only have the No. 22 pick, but if Olshey values guard Talen Horton-Tucker highly, he may be attainable for Lillard via sign-and-trade, along with Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell (if he opts in),” he wrote. “Portland could look to re-route the veterans to other destinations for additional compensation.”
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Of course, the Lakers can only add Lillard if the front office doesn’t go through with the other deals it has been linked to in recent days.
LA is said to be having very serious conversations to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards, and decently real talks about adding DeMar DeRozan in a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs. Either move would kill the prospect of a trade for Lillard.
What will the Lakers ultimately be able to achieve? Time will tell.
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