With the Los Angeles Lakers heading into a season filled with uncertainty, the rumors have started to circulate about the team potentially throwing in the towel in order to land a high draft pick. Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks is on every team’s radar at this point in time with many comparing the Canadian product to LeBron James in terms of being ready to be an NBA superstar right out of the gate.
Although the upcoming season may be rough to say the least for the storied franchise, GM Mitch Kupchak insists the team has no intention to tank with the team focused on bringing in superstars like LeBron and/or Carmelo Anthony in free agency next summer. Kupchak said the following on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Thursday morning:
“We have a lot of financial resources a year from now. […] I’m very comfortable with our flexibility.”
Even though there’s not a GM in the league that would admit the team’s intentions to tank the season in an effort to land a talent like Wiggins in the NBA Draft, the Lakers are in a difficult situation moving forward. Kobe Bryant’s health will remain an issue until he proves he’s back to form and there’s no guarantee the Lakers will be to land LeBron or Anthony next summer.
The Lakers organization is in unfamiliar territory heading into uncertain future without Dr. Jerry Buss at the controls. Anything can happen from here on out with no telling whether or not this team will truly be able to bounce back and figure out a formula for success with the new CBA and superstar in the twilight of his NBA career.
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