As the Los Angeles Lakers endure one of the worst seasons in franchise history, they have several issues to deal with.
The team that won the NBA Finals two years ago is on the way down after enduring one of the worst seasons in franchise history. After being eliminated by the Suns for a chance in a postseason contest, the Lakers face a number of decisions, from how to replace Frank Vogel to their concerns with Russell Westbrook to LeBron James’ future.
Here are three big offseason steps the LA Lakers need to take to get back on track for the 2022-23 season.
Lakers offseason moves that need to be made
3. Will anyone trade for Russell Westbrook?
Russell Westbrook is one of many reasons for the Lakers’ disastrous season. He wasn’t able to adapt quickly to his new team and player chemistry seemed to be an issue throughout the year. He just couldn’t adapt or match the play styles of other veterans on the team and often underperformed. The problem is that Westbrook has a player option in his contract for the 2022-23 season that would net more than $47 million. But the question is who is ready to take Westbrook out of the Lakers’ hands?
Finding a team for Westbrook will be a high priority for the Lakers in the offseason. The truth is the Lakers need a younger team that can shoot. Westbrook’s fit with LeBron James, two ball-dominant players, is tough as Westbrook is mostly ineffective off the ball.
The Charlotte Hornets could be the Lakers’ best bet for a trade as Marc Stein has reported that Michael Jordan is still a huge Westbrook fan. A deal could be built around Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier, giving the Hornets future cap space to re-sign Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball for big extensions. It might be a long shot, but that’s all the Lakers have.
https://fansided.com/2022/04/14/lakers-offseason-questions/ 3 offseason questions the Los Angeles Lakers need to answer