The only bright spot is that there is still time to make a change. Darvin Ham has continued to stress patience and while his job is reportedly not in danger, losses like Fridays at home against the Grizzlies don’t help.
Regardless of whether the Lakers make a head coaching change, the question is, does this team have enough on the roster to win it all?
If Vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka believes the answer is no, then a trade has to be made to improve the roster and give LeBron James and Anthony Davis a shot at the title.
As usual, every player worth anything has been linked to the Lakers, but one name has begun making more noise in recent weeks, and that player is Dejounte Murray.
“Any type of deal centered around Dejounte Murray, it would have to be Austin Reaves, you would think Austin Reaves would be a part of that, Rui Hachimura would probably be in it. For Atlanta, that just wouldn’t be enough. It wouldn’t be enough. The Lakers, they have interest but the problem with the Lakers is they need more pieces that’s going to be attractive for the Atlanta Hawks.”
Sounds like a deal is still far from likely, given how much Atlanta is asking for. The Lakers have reportedly not included Reaves in any trade packages, so asking for him and Hachimura and wanting more seems like a stretch.
However, this is how negotiations go, so it’s something to keep an eye on. Maybe the Lakers fold, or perhaps the Hawks concede for less if the market isn’t there for Murray.
One thing is certain, the Lakers have to start winning games and fast, or else some kind of move is inevitable. You can’t waste another season with Davis and James playing at such a high level.
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