LA Lakers await feedback from Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant to assess need to improve roster

NBA rumors suggest potential changes to the LA Lakers roster could depend on how things play out after Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant make their season debuts. The veteran role players have been sidelined due to injuries.

Here’s what NBA insider Marc Stein reported regarding those rumors (via Lakers All Day Everyday):

“[The Lakers’] the preference is to wait for feedback from Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant before making judgments that could lead to changes.

Schroder and Bryant both suffered thumb injuries before the start of the regular season. The Violet and Gold are 3-10 in their absence. The duo shouldn’t be the difference maker, but could help the Lakers in some areas.

“[The Lakers’] the preference is to wait for feedback from Dennis Schröder and Thomas Bryant before making judgments that could lead to changes. @TheSteinLine on the Lakers making a trade

According to NBA rumors, Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant have made progress in their recovery. The duo could be available for the Lakers’ next game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday, September 18.

Assessing why it’s ideal for the LA Lakers to wait for Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant’s returns

The LA Lakers front office failed to surround LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis with a competitive roster. Other than Lonnie Walker IV and Troy Brown Jr., the Lakers lack the production they need from their players to consistently win games.

Kendrick Nunn is one of the players who failed to live up to expectations. He’s yet to make an offensive impact for the Lakers in a backup guard role. Nunn averaged 4.7 points and 1.3 assists per game in 11 appearances, shooting 30.9% from the floor and 22.7% from 3-point range. He went six games without a goal while going a combined 0 for 25 from the field.

Dennis Schroder would be a viable candidate to play Nunn’s minutes. He will be a compatible backcourt partner alongside Russell Westbrook to lead the Lakers second unit. The German playmaker is an effective 10 ppg scorer and has been hard-hitting in a bench role for his previous teams. He is also a better defensive player than Nunn.

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The Lakers also lack depth at five. New signing Damion Jones has struggled as Anthony Davis’ assistant. LA had to rely on Wenyen Gabriel and james lebron to fill in as relief centers.

The Lakers get a dynamic advantage offensively because of their spacing in the small-ball lineups. However, they are exposed defensively.

The return of Thomas Bryant has become crucial in this regard. The LA Lakers could use him as a backup center. Ham could also use Bryant and Davis together as they can space the floor. The Lakers can get big by deploying the big two depending on matchups against certain teams.

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The LA Lakers need shooters and a defensive center. If Schroder and Bryant can meet those needs to some extent, the Lakers can hopefully perform better and buy time before the trade deadline to analyze the best deals they can get at an affordable price. .

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The 2027 and 2029 first-round picks are the only valuable trade assets that Lakers own. They will need to use them wisely to secure a move that puts them back in contention for the championship.

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