Report: Kemba Walker Admits Being ‘Heavily Pursued’ by Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers did their best to sign a few great players last summer. They went after Kawhi Leonard but he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. LA also made an effort to provide backcourt help. Kemba Walker was a target, and he admitted the Lakers pursued him in free agency.

“He began to consider other teams,” wrote Sopan Deb of the New York Times. “At first, Walker said, he was heavily pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks and the team he grew up closest to, the Knicks. He considered going home.”

Kemba Walker passed on the Lakers

The Lakers didn’t get Walker and Leonard. But they did sign Anthony Davis through a big trade, giving up on Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram.

Walker was out of the game and the Lakers had to think of another solition. They signed veteran Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley to short-term deals to boost the backcourt. Both superstars are past their primetime and have a history of injuries, but their production is of great help for LA. Bradley didn’t join his team in Orlando over coronavirus concerns. Rondo fractured his thump in practice and missed the first series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers will have to focus on the long-term future of the backcourt. They may check out some free agency options. Getting another big star is also an option and this made us think of Chris Paul.

Walker joined the Boston Celtics in a sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets. He is Kyrie Irving’s predecessor and makes a good trio with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

The Lakers are trying to win their championship. LeBron James, Davis and the rest of the guys play really well in the series. They missed Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals but won the next game. Analysts believe that LA will win the title for the 2020 season as they are equipped with a lot of talented players. Let’s see how will LA finish this series first.