The Los Angeles Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the roster, but the front office is expected to make some major moves next offseason. Rob Pelinka may not trade away his superstars, but he will definitely bring new names to Los Angeles. Will the Lakers trade a first-round draft pick to support LeBron?
Age has nothing on LeBron, but he could use an extra pair of hands on the floor. The Lakers made some moves at the trade deadline in order to make things easier for him. Zach Buckley from Bleacher Report believes that the Lakers will do even more. According to him, the Lakers may trade away their 2029 first-rounder in the offseason. This will give the franchise a chance to get great players who can contribute during games.
Lakers want to trade a draft pick and boost LeBron
Pelinka wasn’t into trading first-round picks, but things changed in the last few months. The Lakers are trying to win a title. Instead of creating a long-term plan, the front office decided to change the approach and use these picks to make things work for the current team.
Buckley didn’t stop here. He even believes that the Lakers should contact other teams and see if they are interested in AD. The big man is happy with his role in LA, but he is prone to injuries. Davis missed significant time in the last few seasons. Playing without him and LeBron is really challenging and yes, the front office can explore other options. Will they trust Davis and keep the roster intact?
“Since James has encountered his own injury issues—which are unlikely to decrease with age—the Lakers might want more stability out of their second star.” Buckley wrote. “If they don’t trust Davis to provide it, they owe it to themselves to see how rich his trade market is. If a desperate team would pay a fortune for him, this front office would at least need to give it some thought.”
The Lakers play without LeBron and AD missed the game against the Houston Rockets. Their teammates face serious challenge, but Darvin Ham is an optimist.