Although the NBA Playoffs are in full swing, the rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers have already started to heat up. As a result, there have been a number of scenarios presented as a possible route the Lakers could take this offseason.
One of which, involves getting rid of a few of their young players. However, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is one general manager who feels Los Angeles already has enough to compete, especially if point guard Lonzo Ball is healthy:
“I had a GM say to me at the end of the year, who was playing against them, he said they cannot do anything with the team and he thought they’re a 40 to 45-win team next year. If they brought some of those guys back, they’ll be improved again. If they have a healthy Lonzo Ball, maybe more in NBA shape Lonzo Ball.”
While the Lakers have been mired in mediocrity for some time now, they have finally established some hope through the NBA Draft. The Lakers have cashed in big on their picks lately that include early first-rounders such as Ball, small forward Brandon Ingram and power forward Julius Randle. Meanwhile, they have also found gems in the later rounds with power forward Kyle Kuzma and shooting guard Josh Hart. That said, Los Angeles already boasts one of the most promising young teams in the league.
As a result, it is clear that they have begun to garner some respect around the league. It goes without saying that winning that many games on just the core alone would be a solid improvement. It would even put them in playoff contention in the formidable Western Conference. However, the front office has made it clear that they plan to be a bit more ambitious in the coming years. Regardless, fans can take solace in knowing that even if the Lakers do not acquire a superstar or two in free agency, they still have a talented, young team to fall back on.