The Lakers currently find themselves with one of the best records in the entire NBA at 20-6 and have been one of the most reliable teams on both ends of the court, but they have struggled of late. While they have won their last three games against the Pistons and the Thunder twice, each of these three games have gone to overtime and the Lakers have not been able to close out games.
They are now on a six game win streak and Anthony Davis has missed some games with a sore achilles, but other players on this team have not stepped up and that can be a cause for concern for Lakers fans. Outside of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell, it is like rolling the dice to find production from someone else on this team.
Kyle Kuzma has been very inconsistent this year and other key role players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris and Marc Gasol have all had their own struggles. Young wing Talen Horton-Tucker has been really solid, but if this team is going to win another championship, they are going to need to get more production from their role players on the bench.
GM Rob Pelinka and the Lakers’ front office is always looking for ways to add talent, which is why they could look to add another high-level, veteran talent near this season’s NBA trade deadline. One name that comes to mind that is very affordable for the Lakers is Wayne Ellington. He has bounced around from team-to-team in this league and is now in his 12 season, but Ellington could be the missing piece on the wing the Lakers need to repeat as champions.
With that being said, let’s take a look at three reasons why the Los Angeles Lakers should pick up the phones and call the Detroit Pistons asking about Wayne Ellington and the possibility of him being traded.