‘Lakers Tryna Assemble a Super Squad’: NBA Twitter Rains a Hailstorm Over LeBron James’ Lakers After 28 Year Old All Star Trade Rumors Gain Friction

Published 06/19/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
Mar 19, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates with guard Malik Monk (11) and guard Austin Reaves (15) drug the first half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers made drastic changes to their roster last season by adding future Hall of Famers way past their primes. A season that started with excitement and hope eventually ended with dreadful failure. The Lakers could not even manage to clinch a ‘Play-in’ position as they finished 11th in the West. Now, there are hopes that they could add an All-Star to their aging roster.

The addition of former MVP Russell Westbrook proved to be awful. It was clear after a couple of months that it wasn’t a good match for either the Lakers or Westbrook. Los Angeles wasn’t able to trade Russ away because of his salary, so they decided to stick with him.

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Meanwhile, Anthony Davis suffered from injuries throughout the season yet again. He only played 40 games. LeBron James was the only saving grace in a miserable season for the Lakers.

A disastrous season for the Lakers

While the front office would have hoped for a deep run in the playoffs, they must have been dumbfounded after LA could not even qualify for the playoffs. It was a historic failure for the team in purple and gold. The worst part about it is that things don’t seem to be getting better anytime soon. Even though they have brought in a new head coach, they have multiple roster spots to fill.

Feb 27, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) rests his hands on his leg during a time-out in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Once-USA TODAY Sports

One spot could be filled by Washington Wizards All-Star, Bradley Beal. He will certainly make the Lakers instant title contenders, but issues still remain. The Lakers are not an attractive landing spot for players currently. Even though LeBron James is there, he is 37 and won’t be getting any better.

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More importantly, the Lakers don’t possess the trade assets required to acquire a player like Beal. They have very little flexibility, as they exhausted most of it while acquiring Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

Fans on Twitter give their verdict

Fans on Twitter were quick to give their opinions on the whole Bradley Beal situation. Some of them didn’t hold back with their takes, while a few felt this might be a good trade.

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Though Lakers fans would love to see some fireworks in the offseason, it seems just as likely that the team makes very few moves. The possibility of them going into next season with a relatively unchanged roster is high.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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