by Jeff Lightsy Jr.
I think it is time for one of basketball’s most prolific franchises to wake up and smell the roses. Yes, I am talking about the Los Angeles Lakers. It is that time of the year again when any and every speculation and rumor swirls around the NBA’s most recognizable franchise. This time it is trade rumors of acquiring King’s troubled superstar center DeMarcus Cousins.
According to Bleacher Report, the Lakers are making serious efforts to acquire the services of one Boogie Cousins but, there is one major hurdle in their way. The Kings have no intentions on trading Cousins. So basically the Lakers are screwed out of another offseason move. This seems to be a common theme for this team over the last few years. Every year the Lake Show finds a link to all big name free agents out on the market, and as the of recent years have fell short of getting them to put on that purple and gold jersey. These names include Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard (didn’t resign), Lebron James (twice), and Chris Bosh. Well luckily for this LA team they will have another shot at it this offseason with a new bunch that include young studs like DeAndre Jordan and Jimmy Butler. Also All-Star veterans like Marc Gasol, Dwyane Wade, and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Lets be real, out of all of those names I just listed there is one that I can realistically suiting up in purple and gold next season and that is Jimmy Butler. Butler is an athletic wing at 6’7 that plays tenacious defense and became a prolific scorer in 2015. He also isn’t all that happy in Chicago and has expressed interest in signing with the Lakers. This would be a great addition because Butler is the type of player that can adjust to any role needed by the team.
Outside of Butler the Lakers need to focus their attention on the draft. With two first round picks at #2 and #27, this gives them the chance to get better immediately. At #2 to me it is a no-brainer that you take Duke Center Jahlil Okafor. He is the most polished big man in this year’s draft and has done nothing but win since he started playing basketball. You pair him with a hard-nosed guard like Louisville’s Terry Rozier at #27, if available, you have yourself a solid young foundation. A starting line up of Clarkson, Kobe, Butler, Randle, and Okafor isn’t a championship one just yet, but definitely a step in the right direction. And next off-season those fairy-tale wishes will arise once again when Kevin Durant hits the market in 2016. And again when LA born Russell Westbrook is a free agent in 2017. But until some of these moves are made, Laker fans need to hold on because it is going to be a bumpy ride.