What Would It Take For the LA Lakers To Trade For Orlando Magic Center Mo Bamba?

Published 02/18/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Jan 13, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) high fives guard Dennis Schroder (17) and center Marc Gasol (14) during a time out against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


The LA Lakers are looking to make a splash in the trade market. With Anthony Davis getting into another spot of issues with injuries, the Lakers may want to bolster their front-court depth. While they do have Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol to shoulder the load, maybe the Lakers could use another big man on the roster.

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The Orlando Magic selected Mo Bamba with the sixth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. While he does have a high ceiling due to his length and versatility, he is still a project. However, if he turns out as the star he was projected to be, the Lakers would not only add a valuable piece right now, but also for the future.

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While teams like the New York Knicks are also in the running, we would like to see how a Mo Bamba trade would work out for LA. What would the Lakers give up after having their assets depleted over the last few seasons? Is this even feasible for LA to pull off?

Lakers: Is Mo Bamba worth it?

While it is feasible, it is hard to decide whether it is worth it. Our package is that LA hands over the 2023 first-round pick-swap with the New Orleans Pelicans over to the Orlando Magic, along with Wesley Matthews and Alfonzo McKinnie. While they just brought in Matthews this season, LA has enough back-court depth already.

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wFeb 2, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (5) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) defends during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With Alex Caruso, Dennis Schroder, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Matthews is the odd-man-out. While LA would lose some perimeter shooting and defense, they add a versatile big in Bamba. However, if he cannot figure out how to fit into the LA system, this may be a bust of a trade.

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LA already has given up a lot of picks to multiple teams in the last few seasons. They cannot afford to lose more, but if Bamba works out to be a good player, it will be worth it. After all, this is the championship window for LA with a 36-year-old LeBron James. Maybe a risk like this is what outs LA over the top.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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