Potential Bigs for Lakers
- Who should the Los Angeles Lakers for frontcourt depth?
- What moves do and don’t make sense?
The Los Angeles Lakers have not been the same without their star player, Anthony Davis, who has been sidelined on February 19th due to a calf strain. The Los Angeles started the season off strong with Davis going 21-7. Ever since Davis went down, the Lakers have lost five of their last eight games.
LeBron James has been carrying the load on both the offensive and defensive end. His usage rate has soared, with point guard Dennis Schroder also being out for a couple of games. The Los Angeles Lakers definitely need to look for some frontcourt depth as they had been thin in the frontcourt, especially last night.
The Los Angeles Lakers played Tuesday night against the Pheonix Suns without Marc Gasol after he was placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocol. They were also missing Kyle Kuzma, who was a late scratch due to a bruised right heel. That lead to four of the five starters playing 30+ minutes.
The Lakers struggled to keep up the fourth quarter’s pace as the Suns outscored them 28-21. The Suns were able to overcome Devin Booker’s ejection with 7:10 in the third quarter. The Suns are on cruise control as they won 15 of their last 18 games, moving past the Lakers for the second seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers will be without Anthony Davis for another four weeks. The Lakers need to make some moves before the trade deadline to stay competitive in the “Wild West.”
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Here are the least likely…
Andre Drummond (CLE)
The Cleveland Cavaliers have not played Drummond since February 12th due to the emergence of Jarrett Allen. In 25 games, he is averaging 17.5 PPG and 13.5 RPG. The problem is the financial aspect; Drummond has a minimal chance of being bought out. He will likely be traded.
LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)
He returned to the court against the Brooklyn Nets on March 1st. He has averaged near career lows since his rookie season. Aldridge is averaging 13.7 PPG and 4.5 RPG. He could possibly get bought out but most likely get traded if the organization cannot come to terms with his bench role.
The Lakers could have signed an old friend after getting released by the Houston Rockets not too long ago. He was averaging 9.6 PPG and 7.6 RPG in 25 games. However, the Lakers ultimately went with Damian Jones.
JaVale McGee (CLE)
McGee was a member of the Lakers when they won the championship a year ago. He spent the previous two years with the organization. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers last November (salary dump to sign Marc Gasol) in exchange for Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell. The three-time NBA champion is averaging 7.4 PPG and 5.1 RPG in 26 appearances for the Cavaliers.
Hassan Whiteside (SAC)
He missed the last five games to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He is averaging 8.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG in 23 appearances this season. He will be a free agent this summer after he signed a one-year veteran minimum deal with the Kings.
Mo Bamba (ORL)
Bamba hasn’t had much success in Orlando after being one of the most hyped prospects in the 2018 draft. However, he still is very young, with a lot of room to grow. In 16 appearances, he is averaging 4.9 PPG and 3.8 RPG. Maybe a change in scenery can help him find his success.