Lakers Making Room for Marc Gasol--Trade JaVale McGee to the Cavs
The Los Angeles Lakers are Stacking Their Line-up as the defending champs clearly have back-to-back victories in their crosshairs. While superstar Anthony Davis remains a free agent, as of now, many are next to certain he'll sign another contract and be part of the dynamic duo, along with LeBron James, who helped propel the Lakers to win the NBA championship last year.
After a round of sweeping line-up changes, the Lakers have reportedly signed Marc Gasol, the 7'1" younger brother of famed veteran former Lakers center Pao Gasol, to a two-year contract. This comes right after the acquisition of Dennis Schröder from Oklahoma City, adding a powerful point guard to the floor in exchange for Danny Green. The Lakers also lost free agent and big man Dwight Howard who joined the 76ers over the weekend.
They also acquired Montrezl Harrell from the Clippers, the reigning 6th Man of the Year, meaning the Lakers are putting together a team that looks to be all but unstoppable for the upcoming season. This comes right in time as the Lakers trade big man JaVale McGree to the Cleveland Cavs for Jordan Bell and Alfonso McKinnie, both of whom may be waived if needed to maintain the salary cap headroom for Marc Gasol.
And you may recognize a few friendly faces from last year.
The Lakers also resigned Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a clutch guard who made some big plays and had his fair share of important three-pointers in the finals. The team also appears to be building around its younger talent with veterans like LeBron James approaching thirty-six years old, players like Kyle Kuzma who similarly put some crucial points on the board last year.
As it stands now, November 23rd of 20202, the Lakers' lineup is as follows:
- Centers: Marc Gasol & Montrezl Harrell
- Power Forwards: Anthony Davis (supposing he signs again) & Kyle Kuzma
- Small Forwards: LeBron James and Talen Horton-Tucker
- Shooting Guards: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and new addition Wesley Matthews
- Point Guards: Dennis Schröder & Alex Caruso
And on the bench we have:
As a Laker fan myself, I admit, I'm nothing but excited about the new lineup. The Lakers appear to be aggressively building, yet again, another championship team. Time will tell if the Lakers are able to reach a climacteric agreement with big man Anthony Davis, who will also rotate and play center on occasion, or, as we've seen, make important threes including the clutch game-winning shot in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, against a relentless Denver Nuggets.
Davis' resigning will be a necessity if they want to maintain their hopes of winning another title, with Western Conference teams like the Clippers and Nuggets, led by Jamal Murray, the young star from Canada who played through several injuries in the Western Conference Finals, but it wasn't enough to defeat the well-rounded Lakers.
The Lakers also signed bench Center Markief Morris today, the 6'8" power forward who also rotated and could play the role of a big man when Howard, McGee, and Davis needed a rest.
The lineup is almost complete. Let's see what the future months have in store for the team and what moves are left in store before the season begins. But it looks like another championship may be underway for the reigning champs and--dare I say--another three-peat?