NBA trade rumors and the Los Angeles Lakers go together like peanut butter and jelly at the moment, because rebuilding a roster will do that to a franchise. The Lakers are in the midst of a rebuild that can go a number of varying directions, but a lot depends on if they are looking to add to their roster in the coming months.
The Lakers are 16-31 overall record (last season they totaled 17 wins in 82 games) and 13th in the Western Conference. In the grand scheme of this rebuild, the Lakers are headed in the correct direction and playing better than they were a season ago. In the Western Conference, the Lakers are 8-20 and in their past 10 games they have won four times, but all rebuilds have to have growing pains before they really gain momentum, right?
This NBA season is better to watch compared to recent seasons for the Lakers and is improved under first-year head coach Luke Walton. Though, there is still more work to do as the Lakers have a young talented roster who are still learning to play at the NBA level, qualifying for the playoffs seems like a long distance to travel this year, especially with all the NBA trade rumors swirling around the Lakers.
The Lakers can use this season to get a really detailed look at their young roster, seeing who can work within Walton’s system and who can’t. That seems like the most important issue at hand with for Lakers. The remainder of this NBA season is also a good time to see exactly who the Lakers believe can really become a strong focal point on this roster to see if they already have their next superstar or team leader.
The Lakers’ ultimate goal isn’t to just get back to the playoffs, but to eventually add to their NBA championship collection. The Lakers are still at least one player away, and right now they’ll need to either make a trade of some sort or most likely wait until the offseason to see what type of deal they can work out via trade or free agency.