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LA Lakers: 3 Players they should trade to keep LeBron's playoff hopes alive

Achyut Dubey
ANALYST
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4.67K   //    13 Jan 2019, 20:08 IST

AD and LeBron were both MVP finalists this past season.
AD and LeBron were both MVP finalists this past season.

In the absence of The King, the Los Angeles Lakers are hanging on for dear life, down at the 8th spot on the Western Conference leaderboard. They are currently 23-20 (0.535) on the season, now six games behind the West-leading Nuggets.

All that said, they don't look like a playoff-strong squad as of this moment. We can surely expect LeBron (the same person who dragged the miserably young Cavs all the way to the NBA Finals single-handedly last year) to sort out his groin issues and come back to will his side into getting a playoff berth. But considering the status quo for the purple-n-gold, nothing promising from that point on.

To put the Lakers timeline into perspective, LeBron is sure to miss at least three more games (due to a groin injury he suffered against the Warriors on Christmas Day) and the league's trade deadline ends on February 8.

Whatever might be the time-table of his return, the Lakers' front-office just can't sleep on the ticking clock. There's a generational talent's legacy at stake - one who hasn't missed the biggest stage of them all since June of 2011.

Magic Johnson and crew have tried their best to surround him with young as well as veteran talent, but they sure as hell need another legit All-Star to make it big.

Let's look at a possible wishlist that might change the fortunes of the most storied franchise in the history of the league.


#3 Kevin Love

Kevin Love was an integral part of the Cavs' 2016 Championship winning squad with LeBron
Kevin Love was an integral part of the Cavs' 2016 Championship winning squad with LeBron

Kevin Love has seen the highs and lows with Cleveland. He was part of the team that came back from 3-1 down in the Finals to beat the Warriors in 2016 followed by being an inside witness to one of the biggest mid-season roster shuffles before the trade deadline last year.

Love has been sidelined due to a toe injury ever since October and is yet to get back to on-court activities. But the prospect of him re-joining LeBron in LA is food for thought.

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Currently, tied to a four year/$120.4 Million dollar future with the Cavs, the All-Star center knows it's all just part of the business, as the trade winds from last year still echo within,

“‘We’ll see,’ Love said, when asked about the prospect of a trade. ‘If not, we will wait until summer. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve said all along I’ve wanted to be here(Cleveland). I’ve said this too, it’s a business. We saw that last year at the deadline. I had never seen so many guys traded from a team really ever.’

There's no questioning Love's talent. Also, he knows fairly well what it takes to win a title, something not many on the Lakers crew are blessed with.

His compatibility with LeBron during pressure moments has been tested and proven on numerous occasions, making him a legit bid for LA in the recent future.

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