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How The Los Angeles Lakers Can Three-Peat And Create A Dynasty

How The Los Angeles Lakers Can Three-Peat And Create A Dynasty

The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title quite easily this year, considering the way they took care of business in the playoffs. LeBron James was an MVP all season long and Anthony Davis made it clear he is far and away the best big man in the NBA. Backed by a supporting cast that played hard and had great team chemistry, the Lakers always had no match. This year's championship marks the Lakers 17th NBA title and the 4th NBA ring for LeBron James.

The LeBron-led Lakers must win at least 2 more NBA rings to officially become a Dynasty. To do this, it will require more than simply the greatness of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers need to make a move to acquire a third star to distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the West. Teams like the Clippers, Heat, and the returning Golden State Warriors are all hungry for the throne.

Here are the realistic and unrealistic scenarios for the Lakers to acquire their third star.

Unrealistic Scenarios

Devin Booker - Trade

(via The Arizona Republic)

(via The Arizona Republic)

Devin Booker is coming, ladies and gentlemen. He already showed he is a special player after he dropped 70 points in one game 2 years ago, and he is only getting better as an offensive player. Booker can shoot the lights out, attack the rim, and create space to move without the ball. Booker alongside LeBron and Davis is the best possible fit for him to win rings, but the Phoenix Suns will not trade Booker for a trade built around Kyle Kuzma. They aren't that dumb after all.

The Phoenix Suns can probably convince the Minnesota Timberwolves to part ways with their 1st overall pick to trade Booker, so they probably won't want Kuzma and the other fillers the Lakers have to offer. Only one can dream about Booker in a Lakers uniform but this simply isn't happening.

Donovan Mitchell - Trade

(via DraftKings Nation)

(via DraftKings Nation)

Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz superstar, is a must-get for the Lakers. He was dominant in the playoffs this season and he is clearly on the rise to superstardom. Mitchell with the Los Angeles Lakers will be the third and final piece to create a 3-peat that would run riot in the league. Donovan Mitchell had a great season this year averaging 24.0 PPG, and he would be easily the best 2nd scoring option on the team behind Anthony Davis.

The Jazz will not want to risk losing Mitchell for peanuts if he requests an untimely trade, and Kyle Kuzma would give them a building block for the future. The reason this is unrealistic is that the Jazz are in no rush at this point to make any drastic deals and they can certainly get a better deal than simply Kuzma and role players. Mitchell would be a dream for the Lakers, but it simply isn't happening.

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Free Agency 2021

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The Lakers are already stacked with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, two of the top five players in the NBA right now. LeBron dominates the game with scoring and playmaking, and Davis does it on both ends. They are simply an unstoppable duo and will be in the mix for an NBA title once again next year. Adding MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo would just be ridiculous, and they would win probably 2 or 3 titles together.

But this isn't realistic. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a free agent in 2021 and has already expressed his desire of staying in Milwaukee. While most NBA fans and media don't believe that, it is very hard to believe that Giannis would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers next year. Firstly, he is good enough to lead an NBA team to an NBA title as the man. Secondly, why would he want to play alongside LeBron and Davis who both cause havoc in the paint already? Antetokounmpo will probably join a team like the Warriors over the Lakers, making this unrealistic.

Realistic Scenarios

Bradley Beal - Trade

Fadeaway World

Fadeaway World

Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, 2020 No. 28th pick

There was no secret that the Lakers were interested in adding Bradley Beal to their superstar cast of Davis and James, and Beal would certainly put them over the top as the best team in the NBA. Beal dropped 30.5 PPG this season and he would create a Lakers Big Three that is guaranteed at least one NBA title over the next two seasons, and probably more. Beal is an offensive superstar who would extend LeBron's career by at least 2 seasons.

This deal is realistic mainly because the Wizards know Beal is too good for them and they don't want to lose him for nothing. For Washington, Kyle Kuzma would become a second star next to John Wall if the Wizards want to keep the point guard in the first place. Kuzma is built of something unique as he has complete confidence in himself and his abilities even though he had a down year. As a forward who can score in many ways, he would be given a chance to be a number one or two option for this team.

Chris Paul - Trade

(via Fadeaway World)

Fadeaway World

Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Sign and Trade), Quinn Cook, Avery Bradley (Player Option), JaVale McGee

Chris Paul made the All-NBA Third Team while leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the 5th seed in a very competitive Western Conference. As one of the best pure passers and leaders on the court, Paul almost led the Thunder to a massive first-round victory over the heavily favored Houston Rockets. The Lakers would love a third star who can handle the ball and relieve LeBron's burden at age 35. Paul could do all the dribbling and allow LeBron to focus on rim cuts and also taking a step off for the majority of the season.

The key to this realistic deal for the Lakers is Kyle Kuzma. The OKC Thunder are clearly dedicated to rebuilding after they got rid of both Russell Westbrook and Paul George to make space for picks and young players. The only player that is left is Chris Paul, and getting a young scoring forward is a massive boost to their rebuild plans. Kuzma fits well alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lougenz Dort thanks to his floor spacing, so this deal could very well happen.

Zach LaVine - Trade

Zach LaVine Lakers

Trade Package: Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, Alex Caruso, 2020 No. 28th pick

The two Lakers superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis need a solid cast of scorers and athletes to space the floor and attack on the break. The Lakers have some decent shooters but certainly don't have scorers on the level of Zach LaVine. LaVine is a special young player who will become an All-Star very soon, meaning he gives the Lakers a third star to handle the ball and also score at will.

Once again, Kyle Kuzma will be the biggest trade chip for the Lakers to acquire LaVine. Kuzma has not been as consistent as the Lakers would have hoped, but he has tremendous talent and everyone knows that. The Chicago Bulls probably don't want to lose LaVine for nothing so they might pull the trigger to get Kuzma for their rebuild. This trade is realistic if the Bulls find hope that Kuzma will be their long-term answer at the forward spot alongside Lauri Markkanen going forward.


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