As expected, the Los Angeles Lakers made some moves before the March 15 trade deadline. Some of the deals were needed. Some of the deals were unexpected. Again, I am talking about the Los Angeles Lakers. Would you expect anything different? Here’s an in-depth look at four things to note about the newly re-constructed L.A. Lakers.
1. L.A. is now in Sessions’
The acquisition of PG Ramon Sessions gives the Lakers some much needed youth and athleticism at the lead guard position. Coming from the Cavaliers, Sessions is averaging 10.1 points and 5.2 assists while shooting roughly 40% from beyond the 3-point arc this season. His new role in L.A. will primarily consist of giving the Lakers much-needed help on the perimeter with his three-point shooting and young legs to use on the defensive end. With a player like Sessions coming from woeful Cleveland to star-studded Los Angeles, it would be surprising to see if his overall production isn’t increased. It isn’t the blockbuster deal Laker fans are accustomed to seeing, but the addition of Sessions has undoubtedly improved the team.
2. Laker’s Core is Kept Solid
The trade rumors and speculations regarding Pau Gasol can finally be put to rest. It was hard to imagine the Lakers without Gasol, who was as vital to the team’s most recent back-to-back titles as anyone (yes, even as important as Kobe). Now that the deadline has come and passed and the Lakers’ Big 3 is still intact, L.A. can finally focus on contending for the Larry O’Brien trophy. With the 7-foot Spaniard and Andrew Bynum down in the post, the Lakers maintain their biggest advantage with the strength and size these two possess. Arguably the most all-around skilled big man in the game, Pau can now move forward with a clear mind to return to All-Star form and help L.A. in the hunt for a championship.