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Five Most Likely Trade Destinations for Mario Chalmers
- Updated: August 22, 2015
2. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t seen the playoffs in two years, and they’ll likely have a hard time sneaking into the playoffs this upcoming season.
While the Lakers have had a solid offseason by signing veterans such as Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, the team still lacks the firepower to compete in a loaded Western Conference.
However, don’t tell that to Kobe Bryant, who believes the Lakers have just enough to clinch a playoff spot in the West this upcoming season:
“I think they drafted very well. The free agents that we picked are extremely solid, [Roy] Hibbert, [Brandon] Bass, Lou [Williams]. We have a very good mix of young and veteran leadership. The challenge is going to be blending the two and cutting down the learning curve.”
While it’s true the Lakers have some talent, they are very young at the point guard position—D’Angelo Russell is a rookie and Jordan Clarkson will be entering his second season after sitting on the bench for the first half of his rookie season.
Bryant and the Lakers brass believe this team has what it takes to compete for a playoff spot. If that is truly the case, a Lakers-Chalmers pairing makes perfect sense.
Heat Nation may be annoyed by Chalmers’ inconsistencies as a player, but he would provide valuable championship experience to a Lakers team in desperate need of it. The veteran point guard has started in three different NBA Finals and has two championship rings to his resume.
When it pertains to a situation fit, Chalmers-to-the-Lakers makes perfect sense.