Akshita Patel


Lakers Bringing In An Ex-Mavericks Point Guard To Replace LeBron James, D’Angelo Russell Still Missing

As per the latest rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers are considering bringing in an ex-Mavericks player for a workout.

The Los Angeles Lakers’ mission playoff qualification took a major hit as their superstar forward and leading point scorer of the NBA, LeBron James, sustained an injury. During a game against the Mavericks, LeBron twisted his ankle and heard a pop. The injury later worsened as the veteran refused to retire and resumed the play. Later, the medical staff ruled him out for three weeks after a proper examination.


Meanwhile, LeBron James’ absence was hugely felt on the court yesterday as the Lakers struggled badly during against the Timberwolves. Despite Anthony Davis‘ 38 points, the rest of the squad failed to close the game as they fell short of just 8 points at the end of four quarters. Hence, the purple and gold front office is looking for a temporary replacement and is apparently in talks with an ex-Mavericks point guard.

LA Lakers Likely To Bring In Kemba Walker For A Workout

Kemba Walker
New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker dribbles the ball up the court against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering bringing in veteran point guard Kemba Walker for a workout as they look to strengthen their lineup ahead of the playoffs. According to Lakers Daily, the Lakers are interested in adding another ballhandler to their roster to replace LeBron James. With injuries creeping in from all ends, Hollywood needs a strong attacker to partner with Anthony Davis, who stands alone on one end after James’ departure.

Kemba Walker a four-time All-Star who has played for the Boston Celtics and most recently moved to Dallas Mavericks. However, the Mavericks waived him off, and thus he is currently sitting as a free agent. Moreover, Kemba could provide some much-needed scoring and playmaking ability for the Lakers. He has a career average of 19.9 points and 5.4 assists per game. He is also known for his ability to create his own shot and make plays for others. Hence, he could replace LeBron James to some extent.

D’Angelo Russell Misses Four Games In Row, Doubtful For The Next As Well

D'Angelo Russell
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Meanwhile, trouble is mounting from all ends for the Lakers as more and more players are entering the injury list. Just when the lineup looked settled and started producing desired results, injuries once again knocked the team down. The Lakers’ newest addition, D’Angelo Russell, missed his fourth game in a row after suffering from an ankle sprain. While the medical reports state no severe damage, the point guard continues to skip matches.

Further, when asked if he would return for the game against the State Warriors, Russell avoided the question and said, let’s see what happens after Friday’s assessment. With LeBron James already sitting out, Russell’s injury is bad news for the purple and gold as they cannot afford to lose any more games. They have 19 games remaining in the regular season, and the margin of error diminishes with each passing day.