NBA News: Why The Los Angeles Lakers Should Trade Kobe Bryant
Lakers Should Trade Kobe Bryant
November 11, 2014
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This may not be the popular opinion around LA, but the Los Angeles Lakers need to trade Kobe Bryant. It just makes too much sense for both parties, and while it would be a controversial move that shakes up the basketball world, it’s the best overall business move for the Lakers.
Right now, the Lakers are sitting with an ugly 1-5 record, are dead last in the league in defense and are showing no signs of being remotely competitive in the brutal Western Conference. Even with Nick Young coming back later in the year, the Lakers will be lucky to win 20-25 games, and that’s with Kobe averaging close to 30 points per game and putting on a show.
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If Kobe is still on this team next season not much is going to change, meaning that the Lakers will go at least three straight years not making the playoffs for the first time ever. Kobe and his 20-plus million dollar contracts this year and next season are eating up much of the Lakers cap space and realistically preventing them from fielding a competitive team. Sure, still having Kobe on the Lakers is help keeping the lights on, as Los Angeles is still somehow top 10 in the NBA in attendance, above teams such as the Spurs, Rockets and Thunder.
But while that’s well and fine, the Lakers don’t play basketball to see a packed house each night and lose each contest by 16 points. The Lakers play for championships and right now there’s no sign of another banner being raised for the next five years or so..
Well, that is unless the Lakers trade Kobe.
Getting rid of Kobe Bryant would get that insane contract off the books and allow the Lakers to throw money at the feet of elite free agents. Nearly the rest of the Lakers depth chart will also be free agents, including Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin, Wayne Ellington and a both of below average players who are lucky to have jobs. Bottom line, the Lakers will have nearly an entire clean slate to build a championship contender from the ground up.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most iconic franchises in American sports and is always an attractive destination for quality players. Throw LA at them and a few millions, and players will come. Right now, it’s tough to do that with no direction and a 36-year-old getting paid like he’s still in his 20s.
Trading Kobe, the Lakers should be able to field a quality team with tons of cap room, the return of Julius Randle and getting another promising player with this year’s lottery pick. Everything done right, the Lakers could go from being the laughing stock of the league to a playoff team in one season.
As for Kobe Bryant, he says he’s a Laker for life and is playing his cards right, but no question he’s thought about what life would be like playing for a contender right now. Kobe would love to get a sixth ring and it isn’t going to happen playing for this franchise.
Sure, Lakers fans would be crushed with such a move and it wouldn’t be the best move as far as PR is concerned. But what’s more important; competing for a championship as soon as possible or losing 110-plus games over the next two seasons to simply say Kobe Bryant retired a Laker?
The decision is quite simple.