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Could the Lakers Land Zion?

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Acquiring LeBron James this offseason had everyone on the Lakers’ bandwagon ready to ride his coattail to the playoffs and potentially his 9th straight NBA Finals appearance. But the NBA season is winding down and the Los Angeles Lakers‘ playoff hopes are gone following their loss to the Brooklyn Nets Friday night. This marks LeBron’s first playoff-less season since 2005 and the sixth straight season without the Lake Show in the postseason. The start to the LeBron James era Lakers has has not started out the way most believed it would.

Should the Lakers go all in for Zion Williamson?

Would it be smart for the franchise to shut LeBron and other key players down for the rest of the season in hopes to help their odds in landing a potential top 5 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft? Or should they continue to let their starters play and finish out the year in a learning opportunity for young guys on the roster? Let’s say they go for broke and finish the season with a 32-51 record. The draft order is announced and they are selected to draft #1! What do they do now?

Recently, former NBA small forward Paul Pierce gave his take on the Lakers’ future and how they should handle the upcoming off-season. “If the Lakers got the #1 pick, I would trade LeBron James. You’re talking about three years left of LeBron or 15 years left of Zion.” says Pierce. Granted, he only means trade LeBron IF they land the number one pick, but it is an interesting take on the situation. The Lakers roster is full of young, gifted players when healthy and adding Zion to that formula might lead to a lot of success in the foreseeable future.

How much longer for LABron?

James is 34 years old and is having an amazing season statistically. He’s averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.1 assists over 35.3 minutes per game. These numbers are still incredible, but how much longer does he have before father time finally does to him what it did to all the former NBA greats? If they do fail to gain the first pick, could LeBron be used as a piece in a potential trade with another team to gain rights to the first pick and secure Zion for their franchise? Or could he be used to acquire more talent to add along side the young Laker core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and potentially Zion? It is a long shot, but it wouldn’t be the craziest thing we’ve seen happen in the NBA.

Zion Williamson is currently competing with the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament– a must-watch for every lottery-bound NBA team. Almost all draft boards have Williamson going first overall. This isn’t surprising at all, as he’s been on most radars since he was doing unbelievable in-game dunks just a year ago in high school. He is a once-a-generation talent with athleticism we’ve never seen for a player at his size. He’ll be a superstar in this league for the next decade plus no matter where he lands. Tanking may be frowned upon in the NBA, but to land a player like Zion Williamson, anything goes.

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