The Los Angeles Lakers spent the offseason reconstructing the roster around their star talent. The Lakers‘ front office brought aboard plenty of proven players, one of which is precisely what Anthony Davis desired.
Lakers revamp roster through busy offseason
After suffering a first-round playoff exit, the Lakers kicked it into high gear with roster moves.
Los Angeles acquired star point guard Russell Westbrook through a blockbuster trade to pair alongside Davis and LeBron James. The front office followed that by filling the roster with proven talents, such as Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, Malik Monk, and Kent Bazemore, all inking veteran’s minimum deals.
The Lakers’ string of roster moves featured adding exactly what Davis wanted.
Los Angeles Lakers gifted Anthony Davis with exactly what he wanted
The Lakers’ concerted effort to rebuild the roster around Davis and James featured adding several proven veterans.
The roster additions include bringing aboard big man DeAndre Jordan on a one-year deal worth roughly $2.6 million after his contract buyout from the Detroit Pistons. Davis’ gratitude for the move was quite evident as he thanked general manager Rob Pelinka at the team’s practice facility shortly before Spectrum Sportsnet’s Chris McGee interviewed Jordan.
“AD actually thanked Rob (Pelinka) when you guys walked by,” McGee said via Silver Screen and Roll. “I mean listen, you’ve been in the league a long time, you have a lot of accolades, but it still probably feels good when superstars from another team are excited to have you.”
Davis’s happiness stems from Jordan’s presence likely meaning he won’t many minutes at center. The eight-time All-Star hasn’t been entirely fond of playing at the position due to the physical wear and tear that comes with the spot.
Jordan may not be the player he once was, but he’s a strong rebounding factor and an effective rim protector. The Lakers will lean on him and Dwight Howard to provide frontcourt stability and interior defense they lacked last season.
The bigger picture of the situation is that Daivs won’t have the increased responsibility of playing more minutes at center. The Lakers’ depth should play a significant factor in the team’s push toward NBA title contention.
Lakers will need to embrace sacrifices to vie for an NBA title
The Lakers’ busy offseason has pushed them to become an NBA title favorite.
Doubts remain concerning Westbrook’s fit alongside James and Davis, but Los Angeles pieced together a well-balanced roster around the star talent. The Lakers will have their work cut out ahead with building team chemistry while figuring out what lineups and roles work best.
However, the incoming players have all voiced the same sentiment regarding sacrificing their ego to competing for an NBA title.
“I don’t think it matters for anybody that’s here because again, when you’re a part of or when you’re trying to win a championship, the only thing that matters is the success of the team,” Trevor Ariza said via Lakers Nation. “So when the success of the team is the first thing you think about, whatever role you have on it doesn’t even matter as long as you have a role and the idea is for everybody to make each other better every day and to cheer for your teammate’s success. I think that’s the only thing that’s important.”
Los Angeles undoubtedly possesses the talent to vie for a championship. Still, it’s the commitment from the entire roster to embrace the necessary sacrifices needed to reach their lofty aspirations.
If the Lakers can find that cohesion, the sky will be the limit this upcoming season.