REPORTS: Knicks Targeting Two Crucial Lakers Stars

Published 07/31/2021, 1:39 PM EDT
May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers dominated the headlines with their recent blockbuster trade. In a deal with Washington, they signed All-Star Russell Westbrook. In exchange, they gave up Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and their 2021 draft pick.

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However, now, the roles seemed to have reversed. Two Lakers stars seem to have caught the eyes of New York. With the Knicks having a successful season, they are looking to add firepower to their roster.

May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates scoring a basket in the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns in game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

After a playoff berth in a long time, Knicks will look to do whatever it takes to keep up that momentum. They will aim at assembling a capable team by adding as many stars as they can. Moreover, they have the cap space to do so.

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Knicks interested in Schroder and Horton-Tucker

Reports claim that the New York Knicks are interested in acquiring Talen Horton Tucker from the Lakers. In addition, they also have their eyes on Dennis Schroder.

Despite an embarrassing playoff run, the Knicks had a successful season. They made it to the playoffs after a long time. Moreover, young stars like Julius Randle and RJ Barrett came in as key finds this season.

On the other hand, LeBron James and the Lakers could not defend their title this season. New signing Dennis Schroder disappointed as he averaged 14 points on 30% from downtown. However, Hoton-Tucker has been impressive throughout the season.

May 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and Julius Randle (30) react after Randle fouled out of the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

If the Knicks somehow manage to land these 2 stars, it will help them in a big way. They need stars alongside Randle and Barrett. Both of them are capable scorers with a drive to win. Likewise, that matches the Knicks’ current energy.

Can LeBron James and the Lakers afford to lose their 2 stars?

Given the signing of former MVP, Russell Westbrook, the Lakers are a stronger side. With Schroder being the point guard, Lakers can let him go.

May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets a high five from forward Anthony Davis (3) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

However, Horton-Tucker is someone the Lakers will try to keep. He is an extremely talented scorer who is yet to develop into full potential. Moreover, he is only 20 years old.

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So, the Lakers will try to keep him in their roster without a question. He averaged 9 points off the bench and shot 39% from three, something the Lakers need.

Apr 10, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Marc Gasol (14) and small forward Kyle Kuzma (0) and power forward Anthony Davis (3) and small forward LeBron James (23) watch from the bench during the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Now, looking at this, LeBron James and the Lakers may try to alter the trade and send just Schroder to the Knicks.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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