It looks like for the third year in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t acquire the player they wanted.
Everyone in the organization and all the Lakers fans would have gone for one of the biggest stars on the market among bigs such as LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe.
But it seems that Los Angeles Lakers don’t have a clear vision of what kind of a team they really want to be. And exactly that problem may be why all the other players decided to sign for other teams, instead of signing for the fallen giant.
The LA had to turn to other solutions and they are close to sealing the deal on the trade with Indiana Pacers for once an all-star center Roy Hibbert. The deal stands to be confirmed after July 9th.
Acquiring Roy Hibbert may not look like a great move for the Lakers if we look at his last season stats as a Pacer. He spent averagely 25.3 minutes per game scoring 10.6 points with .446% field goals, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
These stats do not promise a new hero in L.A. But we are talking about a guy who when he is fully engaged, he is an elite defender with a big body who can protect the rim in a lot of ways.
The Lakers didn’t manage to find a player with a variety of scoring skills but they did get a defensive boost with a man still in his prime who has a winning mentality that the Lakers need as well.
The Lakers will absorb Hibbert’s final year in the contract worth 15.5 million dollars.
After selecting the guard with the 2nd overall pick D’Angelo Russell, it was obvious that the Lakers priority will be to sign a big man in the short term.
Although the Lakers are still not clear with the need to rebuild their team, it looks like that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Keeping last year’s first round pick – power forward Julius Randle who missed the entire season with a broken leg seems like a good move for the future.
Let’s not forget about Jordan Clarkson, the only bright light in the previous season, the young guard with a lot of potential of becoming a very exciting player to watch.
For the Lakers, the 2015/2016 season boasting healthy Kobe Bryant and newly acquired Roy Hibbert with Clarkson, Randle and D’Angelo promises to be a combination of both youth and experience.
The market is still open and the Lakers may pursue one of the free agents like Amare Stoudemire or David Lee to give them more depth and experience.
With still some room in the salary cap and with some new trade acquisition plus a bit of luck, the Los Angeles Lakers fans have a reason to be excited about the upcoming season.
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