The Lakers tried and failed to acquire a third superstar this summer following the trade for Anthony Davis.
Instead, they filled out their roster with role-players and shooters, determined to surround their new duo with perimeter scorers.
But, in an interesting twist, the Lakers may consider making a run at the ultimate outside specialist, Bradley Beal. As suggested by Sportskeeda, they could ship Kyle Kuzma to do it.
“After missing out on Leonard, the Lakers proceeded to fill out their roster with several veteran role players, although Frank Vogel’s team are still missing an elite guard. Evidently, a player of Beal’s qualities would be of interest to the Lakers, and the 26-year-old would fit seamlessly alongside James and Anthony. A trade would be tough to complete due to LA’s lack of cap space, and the likes of JaVale McGee, Kyle Kuzma, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope would need to be included in any deal. Yet, Beal would present the Lakers with a true third star, and one that could shift the balance of power in the West.”
Kuzma is the only remaining star left from their infamous “young core.” Though the Lakers don’t plan on trading him, he would be necessary to pull off a trade such as this.
Is Beal worth that price? It’s certainly arguable, but it’s hard to argue he wouldn’t make the Lakers better. He averaged 25.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season as one of the best shooters in the game. As far as third options go, it’s nearly impossible to find someone better.