There are few things the Lakers love more than themselves because nepotism is one hell of a drug. Rarely is it more apparent than during free agency where they made a habit, largely unwittingly (I think), of signing former Lakers.
That practice could be put to the toughest test, however, with the latest rumor linking Dennis Schröder, a former Laker who didn’t leave on the best of terms, with a comeback.
Let’s take a look at that and more in the latest rumors and reports.
A choice of tuff
Schröder’s time in Los Angeles had several extremes. At one point, the Lakers offered him an $80 million extension, but when his term ended, he was replaced via trade by Russell Westbrook and he drifted into free agency with a wimper.
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Given the Lakers’ current roster, it doesn’t make much sense to pass the last spot on the roster on a backup point guard with a shaky 3-point shot, something that really doesn’t meet any of the needs. of the team. They need wings and shooting and Schröder is neither a winger nor a shooter.
Now, if the team traded multiple players to acquire Kyrie Irving and/or Buddy Hield or Eric Gordon, maybe Schröder would make more sense. But relaunching it now doesn’t make much sense. Free agency is long, however, and things could change quickly as that door remains open, as the Lakers showed at the trade deadline last season.
A missed window?
Did the Lakers miss their window to make a trade with Kyrie Irving? It seems like there are plenty of signs pointing to it. In his last episode of Please do not aggregate thisBleacher Report’s Jake Fischer discussed Kyrie’s future and indicated that he thinks it will be in Brooklyn.
“The Lakers and Kyrie thing, like I’ve been saying all along, it’s not going to happen in a two-team deal and I’m still struggling to see a situation – I know the Russ-Utah thing has taken over Since I mentioned it last week Even in this hypothetical scenario, if Russ goes to Utah for two picks, are the Lakers going to have enough to satisfy them while giving back enough to Brooklyn, I just don’t see “I really don’t know. I really think Kyrie, at this point, like if you put the odds in Vegas… the overwhelming favorite for his place to play next year is Brooklyn for me.”
Immediately after Kevin Durant’s trade request, the Lakers tried to take advantage of the chaos to nab Kyrie. But with things having calmed down, cooler heads have prevailed and it looks like the Nets are ready to see things through to get the best deal, which likely doesn’t include the acquisition of Russell Westbrook.
At this point, however, if the Lakers sweeten the pot enough, it could still happen, it seems. In his latest newsletter, Kyle Goon from CO register said the Nets’ asking price for draft picks.
This flood of uncertainty comes at a delicate time: The Lakers could have an open window to trade Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, a mercurial player who is nevertheless immensely talented in a way that compliments James – they have an NBA title together to prove it . Sources told the Southern California News Group that the price tag for Irving (who has his own limited market for his services) would involve at least one of two marketable first-round picks the Lakers have in 2027 or 2029, as well as more second – round draft compensation.
But the organization was reluctant to part with its best future assets – a position owner Jeanie Buss pointed out in an interview with NBA.com Last week“We don’t change for change’s sake. It’s got to be good basketball decisions that help us now and does not compromise our ability to face the future.(Emphasis mine.)
While the ship appears to have sailed Kyrie, it’s possible it could return if the Lakers change their stance on mortgaging their future to some extent. If they choose not to, however, there are other possible options in the trade market, though one of them probably won’t include a standout team….
No New York State of Mind
Also in his podcast, Fischer talked about Russ going to the Knicks, a team known for its … questionable decision-making when it comes to roster building in the past. With a new front office, however, it doesn’t look like they’re prone to some of those same gaffes.
Fischer specifically addressed a scenario in which, if the Knicks acquire Donovan Mitchell, they could seek to move Julius Randle’s big payday for Russ’ expiration. Not only did he not hear that as a possibility, however, Fischer got a very different response from the Knicks when he mentioned Russ.
“Every time I mentioned Russ to the Knicks, they immediately put him down and laughed about it, right? This was before they got Jalen Brunson and it was definitely before they (could) get Jalen Brunson and Donovan Mitchell and if they accept Mitchell’s long term deal after adding Jalen on a four year deal very expensive Randle already has four very expensive years ahead and if you don’t think Randle is an ideal candidate next to these guys… and in a scenario where something worked with Russ and the Lakers and they recovered their long-term pay for an expiring deal to Russ, they can just buy out, that makes sense to me. I haven’t heard it, but it all makes sense to me.
This type of deal makes sense for exchanging long-term money for short-term money, but this specific deal requires several things to happen before it even becomes possible. It also ignores the sour note that Randle also left the Lakers.
It seems highly unlikely to happen, but it’s the kind of deal that remains possible in the right situation for Russ this summer and even, potentially, going into the season.
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