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Coming into the 2018-2019 NBA season the Los Angeles Lakers were the talk of the league. Having just signed LeBron James to a four-year contract, they seemed poised to take a major leap. Some even thought they could provide some much-needed competition for warriors in the Western Conference. Now, at the halfway point of the season, it seems all the excitement surrounding the franchise is lost as their direction is unclear.
Signing LeBron clearly indicated a desire and push to win now for a franchise that had been sputtering for years. Why then are the Lakers not doing their best to surround James with championship caliber talent?
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka seem to have an inability to depart from some of their younger pieces in order to put All-Star quality players on the court with James. They must know that Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram are not enough to give the Warriors a real challenge in the postseason. All three players have yet to take a major step in their development. Yes, they are young players and they will improve over time, but that’s the whole issue. Time is of the essence when you have a 34-year-old LeBron. LeBron’s championship window is closing. It’s time for the Lakers to realize this and make some moves.
LA should be targeting an All-Star caliber player right now. Whether it means dealing away Lonzo or Ingram in a package, they should highly consider it. Adding a player along the lines of Bradley Beal or Marc Gasol could be instrumental in making an attempt to sign another All-Star this summer.
The Lakers simply cannot sit on all of their assets as their value decreases, especially with their young guys underperforming since James has been out with a groin injury. They need to be active in searching for ways to seriously upgrade their roster.
The clock is ticking on James. It’s time for the Lakers to make something happen.