“This Is Him Leaking the Script”: LeBron James’ Lakers Being 1 Move Away from NBA Championship Contention Leaves Fans Buzzing
The Los Angeles Lakers have had some bittersweet moments this season, but they still lack the consistency to make an impact in the Western Conference. However, despite their 25-28 record, the Lakers still have hope that they could possibly make it to the playoffs this year and even be a title contender with some last-minute moves on the roster. The trade deadline of February 9 is less than a week away. Recent reports have suggested that the Lakers might be looking to make some bold moves after their recent acquisition of forward Rui Hachimura. Meanwhile, a recent insider claim from the LeBron James-led Lakers about being merely one move away from becoming a title contender this season has left NBA fans buzzing on Twitter.
The Lakers are currently going through a five-game road trip. After tasting defeat against the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets despite the return of Anthony Davis and the addition of Hachimura, the Lakers have looked confident with back-to-back victories against the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. Now, a recent report has revealed a bold belief held by the Lakers organization about being just a single step away from title contention this season.
As reported by Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes, “The belief within the Lakers’ organization is that they need to make at least one more move by February 9 trade deadline to give themselves a legitimate shot at competing for a championship, sources say.”
Report: Lakers believe they’re 1 move away from being legitimate title contenders https://t.co/FVMidzlCOE
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 3, 2023
According to the sources close to the franchise, the Lakers feel that they are just a single trade away from becoming a real title contender this season. Moreover, the report also suggested that there has been an added boost in motivation in the Lakers camp after Anthony Davis’ return and Rui Hachimura’s signing. However, the Lakers are still missing some pieces that could help them win the championship.
Considering the salary cap limitations, if the Lakers actually intend to bring a massive change to their roster, the possible trade option would be Russell Westbrook, who is contending for the Six Man of the Year award this season.
The huge claim about being just one shot away from changing things around drew some fascinating reactions from the fans. One of the fans wrote, “Let’s hope this is him leaking the script and LeBron gets another.”
Let’s hope this is him leaking the script and LeBron gets another
— Allenownz (@Allenownz) February 3, 2023
Another fan wrote, “Well when they gone make the move?” Here are some other reactions from the fans.
Well when they gone make the move? pic.twitter.com/9taXz27DCs
— D’Courtland Christian (DC) (@Dcrealspill) February 3, 2023
Is that 1 move finding a time machine to the bubble?
— Djboss (@DjbossNA) February 3, 2023
Lakers fans thinking of impossible trade scenarios that only benefit the lakers pic.twitter.com/8QMNtvpXXH
— Reggie True (@reggie_truuuuuu) February 3, 2023
Russ trade coming soon pic.twitter.com/e9FLJuZwdH
— ᴼᶠᶠᴵᶜᴵᴬᴸᴰᴿᴬᴷᴱ (@LakersOvoDrake) February 3, 2023
Get into the play in First bro😭😭😭
— 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕠𝕗 𝔻. (@TheWlllofD) February 3, 2023
Conley, Clarkson and Beasley for Westbrook and 2027 unprotected.. Then flip Walker, Wayne, Jones for 1 player
— De Von Baylor (@von_baylor) February 3, 2023
I mean I guess they're not wrong. pic.twitter.com/CKIRYrhKLx
— Sam the Minutefan (@samtheminutefan) February 3, 2023
only if they trade russ for luka doncic lol
— felipe (icon aposta) (@chxldsplay_) February 3, 2023
Fans had a divisive take on the Lakers’ front office’s belief. While some fans could not believe one move would make a difference, others suggested some trade options in the comments.
Thus, it would be interesting to see if the Lakers could make something happen in terms of a trade deal before the deadline.