Should the Lakers Trade for Zach LaVine or DeMar DeRozan?


Nov 22, 2023

As the NBA trade winds swirl, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves at the center of speculation, with names like Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan being tossed around as potential acquisitions. However, it’s argued that pursuing either could be a strategic misstep for the storied franchise.

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The Lakers’ current roster composition is one that not only has the prowess to compete with the top-tier teams of the Western Conference but has also proven its mettle by reaching the Western Conference finals last season. This accomplishment wasn’t a fluke but a testament to the team’s depth and synergy.

Trading away talents like D’Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura, and Gabe Vincent could jeopardize this depth, a crucial asset, especially in the postseason. DIt’septh turns teams into championship contenders by providing resilience during injury bouts and strategic flexibility.



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At the heart of the Lakers’ championship aspirations is Anthony Davis. His performance is the linchpin for the team’s success. When Davis plays at an All-NBA level, the Lakers’ ceiling skyrockets. But without his consistent, high-caliber contribution, any additional star power is less likely to shift the Lakers’ championship odds significantly.

Therefore, while the allure of adding a player of LaVine’s or DeRozan’s caliber is undeniable, the Lakers’ brass needs to weigh the potential benefits against the risks to their well-calibrated depth. After all, in the quest for an NBA title, well-rounded teams often outlast the star-studded ones.

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