While Los Angeles Lakers fans everywhere should be ecstatic Rob Pelinka was able to swing a trade for disgruntled Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis without surrendering Kyle Kuzma in the deal, the Lakers are far from finished with regards to their roster construction.
The Lakers still need a starting backcourt, as the trade of Lonzo Ball left them without a starting point guard. If they choose to go big-game hunting to fill that hole, Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker almost makes too much sense.
Fresh off an All-NBA season, Walker averaged 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.9 points without a legit second scoring option to take attention and responsibility away from him. Even with a down year by his lofty standards from behind the arc (36 percent), Walker is one of the better shooting point guards in the league. As one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league last year, a Lakers offense centered around LeBron James’ penetration is in desperate need of Walker's services.
With Walker announcing that he would take less than the supermax to stay in Charlotte, he's exhibited a willingness to take less money in order to win. With the Lakers prohibitive favorites following the Davis trade and the Warriors' injury woes, playing as the No. 3 option in LA could be a perfect fit for Walker.
I think it’s about 95% chance that Kemba Walker accepts a max contract from the Lakers if they offer it to him— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) June 15, 2019
He knows he’ll NEVER win in Charlotte
LeBron-AD-Kemba is as close to a carbon copy of the LeBron-Kyrie-Kevin Love lineup that brought Cleveland a championship. Hopefully for long-suffering Lakers fans, the promise of championships and LA stardom will seduce Walker enough to leave Charlotte.