The NBA trade deadline is three days away, and the Los Angeles Lakers are in an interesting position. They have two superstar players on their roster, but neither of them are expected to be available for at least another few weeks due to their respective injuries, which begs the question: Do they make a trade for a starting-caliber player that will help them win games in the meantime, or do they focus on filling holes on their roster?
The most recent rumors surrounding the team suggest it’s going to be the latter, but if the right deal comes up, they could trade a key member of their roster like Montrezl Harrell, who they’re reportedly listening to offers for. On today’s episode of “Lakers, Explained,” co-hosts Christian Rivas and Harrison Faigen made their cases for and against trading Harrell, and discussed what a theoretical trade could look like.
After that, they also talked about a few other players the Lakers could move, including Alfonzo McKinnie, who is arguably the most expendable player on the roster going into the trade deadline. Would the team move him with a second-round pick to get an impact player? And which players might be available at that price?
Finally, they wrapped up the show by paying tribute to the late, great Elgin Baylor, who passed away at the age of 86 on Monday morning. Rest in peace to one of the greatest Lakers ever, a basketball trendsetter that this team might not exist without the contributions of.
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