Having great players on paper isn't useful if they can't play in sync throughout the regular season and the playoffs. The Los Angeles Lakers found that out last season when their Big 3 experiment featuring LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook failed.
The Purple and Gold were nowhere close to being one of the top teams in the Western Conference, as they ended up missing even the play-in tournament.
Fast forward to now, the Lakers are trying to learn from their mistakes and create a roster that can lead them to an NBA Championship. But it's easier said than done. The team might be a bit better than last season, but there are still a few missing pieces.
Most believe trading for Buddy Hield and Myles Turner will solve their issues, and the Lakers have been linked to them for a few weeks now. But as per NBA insider Shams Charania, the Lakers aren't willing to give up their two future first-round picks for Hield and Turner.
Lakers Fans Are Furious With Their Team
Considering the fact that LeBron James is getting older and Anthony Davis struggling with injuries, the franchise is trying to protect its future assets. But at the same time, they need to trade the picks in order to improve their roster right now.
With James and AD on the roster, they still have an open championship window and they need to capitalize on it as much as they can.
Due to the franchise's reluctance to trade the future first-round picks, the fanbase is understandably unhappy. Here's how the Lakers fans reacted to the news on Twitter:
While the Pacers might be playing hardball, the Lakers need an instant upgrade on their current roster.
Because if they do not get more valuable role players, it will force AD and LBJ to play a lot more games. Which will obviously increase the risk of injuries to their two best players.