After failing to signal Dennis Schröder to a contract extension in the course of the 2020/21 season, the Lakers will get one other probability to signal the veteran to a brand new deal in free company this summer season. Nevertheless, it sounds just like the crew is contemplating contingency plans to handle the purpose guard spot.
Based on Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, the Lakers “have been on the hunt” for a veteran level guard. Chris Paul of the Suns and Russell Westbrook of the Wizards are among the many gamers on Los Angeles’ record as potential targets, says Spears.
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Whereas these names will elevate some eyebrows, they arrive with a number of caveats. For one, the capped-out Lakers don’t have a transparent path to buying an impression participant in free company — if Paul turns down his participant choice with Phoenix, L.A. wouldn’t be capable to signal him outright until he have been prepared to take a large low cost.
An indication-and-trade is a chance for CP3. And if he have been to select up his choice, he could possibly be acquired through an ordinary commerce. However the Lakers surrendered a number of future draft picks within the Anthony Davis blockbuster and aren’t in place to place collectively an particularly tantalizing commerce bundle for a star. It appears unlikely that Phoenix would wish to ship Paul to the division-rival Lakers until the return was vital.
Westbrook is beneath contract for 2 extra seasons, so he’d additionally require a commerce and there was no indication thus far that the Wizards wish to transfer him.
Spears means that “there have been talks” in regards to the Lakers buying Westbrook in a deal that features Schröder, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Kyle Kuzma. Nevertheless, it’s unclear which events have been concerned in these “talks” — the wording may point out inner Lakers conversations and even simply hypothesis amongst league sources. Schröder and Horton-Tucker would each should comply with be signed-and-traded to D.C. in such a transfer, additional complicating issues.
Paul and Westbrook each have robust ties to Los Angeles – Paul and his household dwell within the L.A. space, whereas Westbrook was born and raised in Southern California – however numerous obstacles must be overcome for both participant to finish up with the Lakers this offseason . Nonetheless, the truth that the Lakers are contemplating such choices means that the crew is prepared to get artistic and isn’t resigned to easily assembly Schröder’s asking worth with a view to handle the purpose guard place.