Despite the failure of the trade deadline, the Lakers front office is still on the lookout for good moves on the market. An ex-partner of LeBron James, crowned champion at his side, could for example join Los Angeles in the coming weeks!
Will they put on a face worthy of a hangover, or will they finally let loose with a big sense of relief? A few hours before their return to the courts, and their meeting against Jazz, it is impossible to predict the type of performance that the Lakers are about to deliver. The oh so quiet trade deadline could indeed have different effects within Frank Vogel’s roster.
Last Saturday, against Golden State, the Angelinos, for example, made an encouraging copy, although ended in defeat. In case of victory this Wednesday, the amazing words of their coach could therefore be verified. In the meantime, the front office of the franchise continues for its part to be activated, and to seek reinforcements from all four corners of the league.
Surprise, a new big to help the Lakers?
With a financial margin always at the lowest, the leaders of Los Angeles must now hope to seduce free agents, current or future, and sign them at low cost for the end of the season. Several avenues therefore seem to correspond to their needs in the buy-out market, including the one leading to Goran Dragic. However, according to Shams Charania, another file would be to watch on the side of LA, much more surprising!
I think the Lakers would love to animate the buyout market, with names like Dragic or Tristan Thompson that they might be interested in. (…) Yes, they will be active, and they will monitor the situations of players such as Goran Dragic and Tristan Thompson.
The fact that the famous insider of Stadium repeating Tristan Thompson’s name twice is probably no coincidence.
Sent to Indiana in the Domantas Sabonis deal, the 30-year-old pivot still plays a substitute role there. A buyout of his last months of contract could therefore be on the ropes, which would obviously serve the interests of the Lakers. This finding is confusing, however, given that they seemed to be moving more towards small-ball lineups, and have sought to get rid of DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard recently.
The fact of recovering a profile such as that of Thompson would therefore not enter into this policy, and would even cause an overload at the level of the racket. It is therefore not impossible that it is LeBron James, a great friend of TT, who pulls the strings behind the scenes, and who recommends his superiors to recruit him. After all, the two men did win the title together in Cleveland in 2016!
Buy-out rumors are swirling around the Lakers ecosystem, though the one involving Tristan Thompson wasn’t the most anticipated. It remains to be seen whether the big man will indeed be released by the Pacers!