Getty Russell Westbrook and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers roster hasn’t seen any major improvements this offseason. The biggest move they made was trading Patrick Beverley, but that won’t move the needle much. With the Lakers constantly pretending to keep Russell Westbrook, they may have to rely on remaining free agents to improve the roster.
There aren’t many good options this late in the game, but the team could consider a former superstar in Blake Griffin. The team has linked with the six-time All-Star in the past, but they’ve never been able to work something out. Interestingly, Westbrook was recently seen training with Griffin.
Now, NBA players are constantly training each other during the offseason, so Westbrook’s training with Griffin might not mean anything. It’s still interesting. Westbrook doesn’t have much appeal with the Lakers right now, but he was still able to convince them that Griffin would fit.
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Should the Lakers sign Griffin?
Griffin had a streak where he was one of the faces of the NBA. His exciting and explosive style of play made him a huge fan favorite. Unfortunately, injuries derailed his career. He hasn’t played more than 70 games in a season since the 2013-2014 season. He is only 33 years old, but his best days are behind him.
Griffin is having the worst season of his career, averaging just 6.4 points per game. He won’t recapture his superstar form, but he could be a solid player coming off the bench on a minimum contract. He could serve as a backup for Anthony Davis or simply bring an experienced leader to the team. Adding Griffin doesn’t make the Lakers a contender, but it might be worth a shot. Two seasons ago, he was solid with the Brooklyn Nets, shooting 38.3% of his 3-pointers.
The Lakers would still do well to trade Westbrook
Everything the Lakers say gives the impression that Westbrook is going to come back. LeBron James, Jeanie Buss and Darvin Ham have all said good things about the guard lately. They seem willing to work as a team. However, it still appears that they are trying to trade him behind closed doors. With Kyrie Irving no longer an option, the Lakers have sought a deal with the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers.
Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus sees another possibility. He thinks Los Angeles could be the missing piece in a three-team trade involving the New York Knicks and Jazz:
Los Angeles may be open to parting with one of its 2027 or 2029 first-round picks to get Westbrook out. To send both, the Lakers must believe they have a reasonable chance to compete at the highest level in the Western Conference. On paper, the Lakers are a poor shooting team that would improve dramatically with the addition of two shooters in Bojan Bogdanovic and Fournier.
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