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Incredibly, this offseason is somehow more important than the last for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Coming on the heels of missing the 40-win mark despite the arrival of LeBron James and some head-scratching front-office turnover, the Lakers don’t have much wiggle room—they need to make another big splash and contend or they will fade again.
It’s easier said than done, of course. Outside of the LeBron move, the Lakers still haven’t been able to consistently match the hype of expected major moves for the franchise in the ever-evolving NBA.
The latest rumors carry some heavyweight names like Anthony Davis, though for the Lakers, nothing seems a guarantee these days.
No Traction on Lonzo
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The Phoenix Suns are another team consistently looking to make major deals lately, which isn’t any surprise—trying to keep a star like Devin Booker in town will do that to a club.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the brass in Phoenix have made it clear the team would move the sixth overall pick this year for a veteran point.
Just don’t expect that point to be Lonzo Ball.
Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro shot down the idea before it could gain some major traction:
John Gambadoro @Gambo987
There is NO truth to this – Suns not offering #6 for Lonzo https://t.co/vCjaOobkFL
Ball makes some sense on paper for the Suns, at least. He’s just 21 years old and isn’t ball dominant, which would presumably work to get Booker and Co. in good positions consistently. He has averaged 32.4 minutes, 10 points and 6.4 assists while shooting 38 percent from the floor over 99 games.
But the Lakers don’t have any reason to throw in the towel on Ball just yet. Things could be better, sure. And there was the whole unauthorized surgery thing while he works his way back from an injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
But at this point, unless, the Lakers have a star coming in to take over the point, insiders are right to suggest Ball isn’t in any discussions.
Marcus Morris Interest?
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While the headline-making items pertain to big-name free agents and possible big trades, the Lakers won’t succeed much at all if the depth isn’t there.
Said depth might end up including Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris.
Charania pointed out the Lakers