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It’s Thanksgiving week in America, and the Los Angeles Lakers have plenty for which to be thankful. Their gamble on the Anthony Davis and LeBron James partnership appears to be working masterfully, the supporting cast is playing complementary basketball and L.A. sits at 14-2 as a result.
However, this doesn’t mean that the Lakers wouldn’t like to improve their roster. It’s a long season, and having additional talent on the bench would help ensure that Davis and James both make it to the proverbial finish line.
This is why Los Angles continues to be linked to former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. Even at 35, Iguodala could be a valuable depth player who helps the Lakers continue to thrive with their second unit. The problem is that he is still a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Iguodala was traded to Memphis from the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. At the time, the prevailing thought was that Memphis would buy out his contract, as Iguodala was clear about not wanting to play for the organization.
Los Angeles was a logical landing spot.
“Best combination of ring chance and role,” one unnamed league executive told The Athletic’s David Aldridge in early November.
If the Lakers are interested in adding Iguodala, though, they’re apparently going to have to pony up some trade capital. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Memphis has made it clear that buying out Iguodala’s contract isn’t in the team’s plans.
“The message that Memphis has been delivering to the entire league, to teams who would love t