The Los Angeles Lakers have gotten back on track and now are 8-7 and currently the 9th seed in the Western Conference. They are playing better but are still having issues with Brandon Ingram and should trade him.
Ingram has suffered since LeBron James joined the team and he is the odd man out. A big reason why Ingram’s game has suffered is because he plays in the paint and inside the three-pointer. With James becoming the facilitator, Ingram has to become more of an outside shooter and that isn’t where he thrives.
James is a great player but not every player can play with James. Ingram falls under that category. If you don’t shoot the three ball well, you will become a hindrance and we have seen that with the Lakers. They have to spread the court and it is hard when the Lakers have a lot of non-shooters on the court.
Head coach Luke Walton has gotten better at playing the right lineups together lately. That is one of the reasons why the Lakers are back in the winning column. That is working for now but it won’t last.
Other NBA teams will figure out how to beat the Lakers soon and the Lakers will struggle once again. Instead of waiting for that to happen, the Lakers should trade Ingram and get back a great player and a good draft pick. Ingram’s worth is still high and he is a unique player. Teams will flock and the Lakers can add a player that can help them win.
Right now, the Lakers need a great three point shooter. They are one of the best teams in the paint but they aren’t that good at shooting the three pointer. Trading Ingram and getting a great shooter will spread the floor and lead to more points in the paint while giving them more three-pointers.
The sad thing is that the Lakers won’t even think of trading Ingram because he is very unique. I don’t see the Lakers trading Ingram unless the Lakers struggle and other teams inquiry specifically about Ingram. Let’s hope the Lakers figure it out before it’s too late.