Granted, the latest — and really only — person to link Harden and the Lakers is Kendrick Perkins. While he might be a funny person and a good teammate, his basketball analysis is pretty atrocious, and that’s using the word analysis liberally.
It’s rare when he offers much in the way of credible insight akin to a JJ Redick, Tim Legler or even a Richard Jefferson. And that proved to be the case in this instance as he spoke about why the Lakers should trade for Harden on ESPN’s NBA Today show.
"If I'm the Lakers, I might be looking to trade for James Harden... [it] makes the most sense for Anthony Davis. If you want to get him good easy looks like James did for Joel Embiid last season, how about trading for him?"— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) October 27, 2023
- @KendrickPerkins pic.twitter.com/1qVkUpJ6aQ
I will not be adding any sort of insight into why this doesn’t make sense. I’ve made that case already and spoken about it as much as I’m willing to.
Logistically, it can’t even happen until Dec. 15. And the Lakers already have a guard under contract who disappeared in the playoffs. Why would they want to trade for a different one that also worsens the chemistry of the team? You can fault D’Lo for many things but he’s a great vibes guy which this team sorely needed after two years of Russell Westbrook.
But yeah James Harden will create so many open jumpers for Anthony Davis. He’ll also have lots of open jumpers in the playoffs he won’t take or make either.
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