The Los Angeles Lakers have finally made their long-awaited move, and, considering the drama that’s been surrounding the team since NBA superstar LeBron James arrived in La La Land, it was a bit of a letdown.

Since James came to LA and held the front office hostage until they traded away a trove of future assets to bring in Anthony Davis to be his running mate, the Lakers have been severely short on tradeable pieces and have compensated by trying to drum up extra interesting in their mediocre players.

A few different players of theirs have gone through a ruthless cycle — the same one that many of LeBron’s role players are wrung through.

First, the player is overly analyzed and criticized, as any shortcomings are put under the microscope and magnified exponentially. Then, as LeBron and his fans realize that said player could be traded for a better support piece, the player is then exalted by those same fans to try to boost his supposed trade value.

Kyle Kuzma experienced this journey before he was ultimately moved to the Washington Wizards in a package for Russell Westbrook. Talen Horton-Tucker was mercifully shown the end of the road recently when he was finally traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in return for Patrick Beverly.

While it wasn’t the Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving-type trade that the Lakers were hoping to get in return for a THT package, the Lakers certainly improved on both ends of the court by acquiring the two-way point guard.

 

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G/F Tim Hardaway Jr., F/C Davis Bertans, F/C Dwight Powell

Dallas Mavericks Receive: G Russell Westbrook, 2027 1st Round Pick