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Did the Lakers make a mistake spending on Lonnie Walker IV?

By James Brown

Did the Lakers make a mistake spending on Lonnie Walker IV?

The Lakers front office hasn't been spot on in the last few years, and maybe they made another mistake with Lonnie Walker.

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Trading for Russell Westbrook, letting Alex Caruso walk or overpaying for Talen Horton-Tucker are some of the mistakes the front office, or better said Rob Pelinka, have done in the past years. For one side, he got LeBron and Davis which helped to win the 2020 championship, but this team is far from being competitive, and even further from getting to the Finals. Now it seems he might got it wrong again in spending in former Spurs first round pick Lonnie Walker.

The 23-year-old posted a career-high scoring average 12.1 PPG this past season, the rest of his stats, specially on the offensive side of the ball, aren't as impressive as you would thought 41% field goals, 1.2 3p per game, 1.1 Free Throws per game, 0.3 offensive rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game    and 0.9 turnovers per game. Thi is why NBA insider Kevin Pelton expressed his concerns about the Lakers spending on Lonnie Walker IV.

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Pleton said "On the downside, the Lakers didn't add a single reliable two-way contributor to fill their biggest need. The Lakers used their taxpayer midlevel to add Lonnie Walker IV, who shot just 31% from 3-point range last season (34% for his career). And even if Walker takes a step forward, as with Malik Monk, the Lakers may be hard-pressed to keep him beyond this season using non-Bird rights." about what to expect from Walker's play.

After all, Lonnie Walker IV's signed a 1 year 6.4 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, all of it guaranteed making him one of the Lakers big bets, and it's a wager that might not pay off. Especially because it's unlikely that even if Walker plays higher than expected, the team won't be able to re-sign him for next year. Still, Lakers fans can only hope he helps to win some games with Walker's youth.

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