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'I don't see this combination working for the Lakers'

By James Brown

'I don't see this combination working for the Lakers'

The Lakers might be planning to roll with Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley, but this might be the wrong decision.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to improve their roster before the start of the season. They just added Patrick Beverley to improve their bottom ten defense. However, this move was an indication the team are not planning on keeping Russell Westbrook in the team as both players have had a beef with each other for over five years.

According to NBA analyst Stephen Smith, there is no way that the Lakers can pull off having the two players on the roster. Just last year, the two entered into a Twitter fight that showed that there's no respect for the other. And now the Lakers want to play them together.

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“I'm talking about the collaboration of him with Patrick Beverly… I think that’s the challenge of them co-existing,” Smith said. “I think eventually you’ll have to find movement for Russell Westbrook. I don’t see this combination working for the Lakers,” explained the First Take host.

Right now, the most valuable thing that Russell Westbrook can give the Lakers is a good trade. Maybe the 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists averages in 78 games the former MVP put up last season will be good enough for another team.

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The Lakers still need to add an all-star player, like Donovan Mitchell, who can fit with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They could also add Myles Turner and Buddy Hield, who could improve both the defense and offense.



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