Since Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce joined forces in Boston in the summer of 2007 to kick off the modern ‘big three’ era, dozens of NBA front offices have tried to follow the building plan. lists led by a trio of All Stars. Last offseason, the Lakers tried to build one of their own with Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It was a dismal failure.
During his analysis of the Lakers’ future with new head coach Darvin Ham, ESPN’s JJ Reddick noted how LA’s fortunes next season won’t just be decided by Russ, LeBron and AD.
“When I think of the Lakers, I don’t think of the big three. They definitely need to be healthy, they need to figure out how to play together…I think four through eight. I think of those roster items Last year, they played with a bunch of guys that haven’t been good since 2016 and you can’t win the NBA without all the ancillary pieces.
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Reddick’s point does not ring hollow. Vice President of Basketball Operations Rob Pelinka used the Lakers’ limited salary cap space to fill out the rest of the roster last summer with DeAndre Jordan, Rajon Rondo, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, Carmelo Anthony and Avery Bradley. All players who were well over their bonuses.
Reddick went on to emphasize why the entire roster, not just the three highest-paid players, will have a significant impact on how the Lakers perform next season.
“That’s why I say, unless the next four or five guys are perfect, to make up for that awkward fit, you’re not going to be one of the top three or four teams in the West next year. , you are not .”
The Lakers will be in the same position again this summer from a salary cap perspective, but hopefully this time Pelinka and the rest of the front office can identify and sign productive players.