The Los Angeles Lakers have to make some necessary changes. The team has received several trade proposals. According to several sources, the Lakers should do an effort to get a future Hall of Famer.
Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report believes that the Lakers have to make an effort and re-sign Carmelo Anthony. Yes, Melo was one of the best players in his prime.
“The Lakers have upped their youth and athleticism on the perimeter this offseason, but they could stand to add more shot-making,” Buckley wrote. “Or rather, retain the shot-making they already had. Carmelo Anthony showed there’s more in the tank (at least on the offensive end) for the now-38-year-old. Last season, he was fifth on the Lakers in scoring (13.3 points per game), third in three-point makes (2.2) and fourth in win shares (3.6).”
Lakers may need the service of the future Hall of Famer
Melo saw action in 69 games this past season. He averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists while going 44.1% from the field, 37.5% from beyond the arc and 83.0% from the free-throw line.
The veteran talked about his future in the NBA, but didn’t reveal much about his next step. Will he join the Lakers for another season?
“This was another chapter for me,” Anthony told McMenamin. “I can say I’ve experienced it. … I can finally check the box — played with Bron. Played with AD. We had, on paper — we were phenomenal on paper. Me, personally, I had a good year, personally. Just as far as happiness and being able to go out there and compete and being able to do my part, play my part on this team. There were good days, there were bad days, but we got through it, and I got through it.”
The Lakers have to make some moves and getting Melo may seem like a reasonable solution. Rob Pelinka will have to trade for another All-Star and give LeBron James a talented partner. Anthony Davis missed a lot of time due to injuries last season. The Lakers haven’t shown any interest in trading him, but we can’t really say much at this point.