After changing up their roster in the offseason and getting even better in terms of total team production and firepower, the Los Angeles Lakers are the clear favorites to repeat as NBA champions. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are still the focal points of the team, but with complementary guys like Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell, this team has everything it needs to once again make a deep run in the playoffs.
This does not mean that this team cannot improve. So far this season, the Lakers are one of the top-scoring and offensive teams in the entire NBA, as they have 5 players averaging double-digit scoring numbers per game.
While they have plenty of offensive talent, Anthony Davis is the only legit defensive threat on this team and the Lakers could have an opportunity to pair him with one of the most elite shot-blockers in the entire NBA. This is why the Lakers may not be done yet in terms of adding talent to this roster.
Myles Turner has had his name pop up in trade rumors a lot over the years and while both he and the Pacers have not verbally said anything in regards to these rumors, he could be dealt for the right price.
The Lakers brought in veteran big man Marc Gasol this offseason to pair him with Montrezl Harrell and Anthony Davis in the frontcourt, but things have not been great for him early on in the season. Gasol has been getting exposed by other teams on the defensive end of the court and they have been attacking him since he is susceptible to fouling. He leads the team in personal fouls per game and does not look like the defender he has been over the years with Toronto and Memphis.
Maybe it is a sign of Gasol’s career coming to an end or maybe it is because he is trying to get acclimated to a new system in Los Angeles, but he looks lost out there on the court for the Lakers, which could be concerning in their efforts to repeat as champions.
Could Los Angeles actually pull off a trade to land Pacers’ big man Myles Turner in the purple and gold next to LeBron and AD? Let’s take a look at what this trade would look at and how it could potentially go down.