The Los Angeles Lakers made no moves at the trade deadline, despite being inconsistent all season. However, it looks like there was a deal they were working on, but didn’t go through with it.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers are discussing a deal with the Houston Rockets. The Lakers would send Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and a first-round pick in exchange for John Wall and Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets.
It’s easy to see why the Los Angeles Lakers would want John Wall and Christian Wood. Christian Wood is a big, floor-spacing man who would be perfect next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. John Wall would be a solid third or fourth scoring option on the team and could handle the ball when LeBron James sits. On the Houston Rockets side, getting Talen Horton-Tucker and Russell Westbrook for a rebuild doesn’t sound too bad, as well as a high-value first-round pick.
We’ll see how the Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to meet the trade deadline will pay off. They still have several star-caliber players on the roster, and maybe they can make things work in the future. Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are all capable players, but they just haven’t been able to figure things out as a line. That being said, it’s possible they’ll make a run at the end of the season, and some people have already expressed optimism that they can put things together over a 10-game span.
Hopefully we’ll see the Los Angeles Lakers figure things out. While a trade didn’t happen, they could potentially find some solid veterans in the buyout market. But at this point, they can’t rely on a free agent addition and have to make things work internally.