The Lakers May Need That Third Star!
Last night’s road loss to the Indiana Pacers without Anthony Davis may have answered the question of whether the Lakers need a third star
Watching the Lakers lose in their first game without both superstars, it was difficult not to come away thinking they’re going to need that third star to complement LeBron and AD to win the NBA championship this season.
That’s not taking anything away from LeBron James and Anthony Davis or the talented roster of veteran role players Rob Pelinka has put together. It’s just the harsh reality that the Lakers still need that third star to win it all. You could see how the Pacers’ defense was able to slow LeBron James down and how the Lakers’ offense just didn’t have that third electric star who could take over the game and pull off the win without Anthony Davis.
Don’t get me wrong. The Lakers made a valiant effort and almost won a game they shouldn’t have won considering how poorly they shot from deep and from the line versus how well the Indiana Pacers shot from deep. The bench and third-star-by-committee did an admirable job competing but it was obvious win or lose that the Lakers were still lacking the firepower that an elite third star could have provided and turned this loss into a win.
A third of the way through the regular season, the Lakers have been fortunate to have two superstars who’ve been able to suit up every night but one and who’re loath to take off a game if healthy enough to play. While the basketball gods could smile on them and James and Davis could never miss another game, the Lakers championship hopes could very well depend on finding that third elusive star to complement LeBron and AD.
That’s why Rob Pelinka and the Lakers’ front office are not going to stand pat. While Kyle Kuzma could still be that third star the Lakers need, the Lakers are likely going to be looking to make a move before the deadline. Targets would include Jrue Holiday, Robert Covington, Bojan Bogdanovic, Marcus Morris, and Davis Bertans, veterans with the offensive firepower the Lakers were desperately missing with Davis out against Indiana.
Because the Lakers are limited in the trading chips needed to match salaries, they will be forced to give up some of their depth in the form of quality rotation players to entice another team to trade them a third star. Since KCP, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo can veto trades, the trading chips the Lakers have available for a third star are Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, and Jared Dudley.
What’s obvious is the Lakers are going to have to give up some valuable role players to acquire that third star they need to complement LeBron and AD. Chances are that Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green would need to be included. That’s definitely going to be a big price to pay but one the Lakers office understands needs to be paid to make sure the Los Angeles Lakers don’t waste the opportunity before them to win another NBA championship.
Rob Pelinka knows that the Lakers are in a championship now mode and cannot afford to waste the championship opportunity before them. The Lakers will trade for that elusive third star before February 6th.
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