Los Angeles Lakers bowed out early in the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs. They were defeated 4-2 by eventual finalists Phoenix Suns. The franchise are now looking for options to strengthen their side.
The Lakers are currently banked on by the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Injuries to both during the regular season made a significant impact as they slid into the play-in tournament.
As a result, the franchise are reportedly keen on adding a potential third player along with the ranks of the big two. The side entourage of Ande Drummond, Dennis Schroder, Kyle Kuzma, and Alex Caruso have not fit the billing.
Point guard is a position that the Lakers are aiming to fill in during the off-season. However, they do not have an option to sign a max contract player due to the limitation of their salary player. Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook are the names currently associated with a move to the Lakers.
Lakers prefer a veteran point guard
The Western Conference giants are said to be keen on a point guard with experience. According to a report from The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, the Lakers are considering moving for Paul or Westbrook.
According to sources, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have been on the hunt for a veteran point guard, and Paul is on the list. There have also been talks about Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook being a potential candidate to move back home to Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade deal that could include free agent point guard Dennis Schroder, forward Kyle Kuzma and guard Talen Horton-Tucker, sources said.
Chris Paul played a pivotal role in the Suns’ run till the finals of the NBA. He will be a free agent after this season, and currently has a player option as well. The veteran’s relationship with LeBron James is also well documented. The Lakers ace was in attendance during Game 5 of the NBA Finals where Chris Paul and the Suns took on Milwaukee Bucks .
As far as Westbrook is concerned, he demanded a move away from the Houston Rockets earlier this season. After he was traded by the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall, the point guard had a brilliant individual campaign.
He proceeded to break the record for the most number of triple-doubles made in the league’s history. Moreover, he was a force to be reckoned with Bradley Beal as they pushed the Wizards into the play-in tournament.
Westbrook’s tournament came to an end in the first-round series against number one seed Philadelphia 76ers.