The Los Angeles Lakers could use a pair of tested front men but would it be worth giving up hope on the point guard of the future in D’Angelo Russell. The exchange? Greg Monroe and Jabari Parker.
From hindsight, the trade may not make a lot of sense. The Lakers have Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., and Brandon Ingram pegged as their forwards of the future. The only difference is adding a bit veteran spice with Monroe and/or Parker.
D’Angelo Russell has had his ups and downs last season but is one of few point guards that will be one day lording it among the elite. In essence, all of this is a gamble and a trade rumor that will unlikely prosper.
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Los Angeles Lakers will stick with the young core
Before going ballistic on this NBA trade scenario, it would be best to note that the Lakers will be sticking to the young core. Expected to architect all that is Luke Walton, the same bench tactician who gained prominence behind the Golden State Warriors early last season.
With a young core, Walton can easily implement the same run-and-gun methodology. Monroe and Parker could be a major improvement but somehow that is one upgrade that doesn’t seem glaring.
Also, one aspect of the Lakers is to improve their defense. Monroe has been questioned for his ability to play defense so that is an area alone nixing the potential trade.
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Parker has yet to hit his peak as he continues to prove how good he is. If development is the case, the Lakers are best exerting that effort or Russell, Randle, and the rest.
Money-wise, it means eating into the salary budget of the Lakers as well. If the deal involved a potential franchise player, then maybe it would be plausible. But the fact of the matter is that Monroe and Parker hardly come near to that, at least not yet.