Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka faces tough decisions as the NBA’s trading deadline draws nearer.
The Los Angeles Lakers are limited in their potential options to do business before the NBA trading deadline due to their current roster structure. If the Lakers make a deal, it will likely be for additional role-players unless they make a drastic decision on Russell Westbrook.
Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes the Lakers should try to bring back a familiar face as one of their top potential trading targets. The Lakers have been linked to Damian Lillard on an ongoing basis, but it is security guard Ben McLemore who might make sense for a possible reunion.
“The Lakers have likely prevented themselves from taking bigger steps than their remaining ones Have invested resources in Russell Westbrook trading, but the only exception would be trading in Talen Horton-Tucker once it is eligible to trade in mid-January, ”said Buckley. “… It’s much more likely L.A. can only chase severely discounted players, so leaflets about Terence Davis and Ben McLemore might be the best it can do. Neither do much at the moment, but Davis has done three-and-D chops before, and McLemore has historically filmed the three in a decent clip.
McLemore has the expectations that made him stand out as the outstanding Kansas- Player entered the league is not exactly met. The Kings chose McLemore with the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Although he is not a star, McLemore has built an NBA career for himself as a solid rotation player.
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McLemore appears to be stuck at the bottom of the Blazers bench with just five appearances so far this season. The Veteran Guard scores an average of 3.8 points while in limited action he shoots 35.7% off the three-point line.
The Lakers signed McLemore late last season after he was fired by the Rockets. McLemore delivered a solid spark from the bench averaging eight points, 1.6 rebounds and a 36.8% shot from long range in 21 games.
Los Angeles could use some extra shooting, and McLemore is a solid threat as a career-36.3% three-point shooter. McLemore had the support of his Lakers teammates during his brief tenure in L.A. James went on Twitter to praise McLemore after scoring 17 points while knocking off five threesomes against the Nets.
“He’s going to be heard LOUD & CLEAR !!” James tweeted on April 11th, 2021. “B Mac Daddy Young Strappy, No, he’s not the OG gangsta, yes, he is!”
The Lakers will have more opportunities for potential deals starting December 15th as players like McLemore who signed new contracts this off-season are eligible to trade. Los Angeles will also be able to treat its own players who have been signed up as free agents. McLemore has a $ 2.3 million, team-friendly, one-year deal with Portland, according to Spotrac.
The price tag for a player like McLemore is likely to be minimal, but the Blazers may be reluctant to strike a deal with a team they see as yet another contender for the Western Conference. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel praised McLemore during his time in Los Angeles.
“I am very confident of what he will bring to the table,” Vogel said during a press conference on May 8th. “You know, he either shoots or brings the defense with him because he is a threat. He brings this gravity to the ground and we are confident of what he brings to our team. “