LeBron James has expressed his desire to win now on a number of occasions this season in which the Lakers find themselves fighting for a play-in spot.
The four-time NBA champion penned a two-year contract extension with the Purple and Gold this past offseason. It was thought that his commitment will embolden the front office to make moves to improve the roster.
However, reportedly Rob Pelinka is reluctant give up the team’s only first-round picks (2027 and 2029) unless they are traded for a player that would significantly improve the team.
NBA insider Chris Mannix thinks that the management is telling James that the Lakers will chase Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal this offseason.
According to him, getting either of these stars is more fantasy than reality.