What is the actual worst-case scenario for the 2022 Lakers season?

It’s been said a few times in the past few seasons, but this time… it’s probably true. This is the hottest holiday lately Los Angeles Lakers Date.

Important steps and decisions still have to be made regarding the coaching staff, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and well…everything.

There are a lot of ways it can go wrong. There are also a lot of ways that can go very right. When it comes to expectations, I try not to be too high or too low. But for fun, and maybe just to give ourselves a little laugh and de-stress as we continue into this season, I wanted to think about what could be the worst and best possible scenarios for this season at the Lakers.

First, I will use the depths of my imagination to try to predict the series of bad decisions that could lead to the worst off-season scenario, starting with…

The Lakers trade in 2027 And the 2029 First round transfers Russell Westbrook to the Rockets for John Wall

You can never have too many Klutch Sports clients on your list, right? Russell Westbrook has a long list of flaws, and in this scenario, the Lakers front desk decides – with a little Convinced by LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Rich Paul, of course – that Westbrook’s acting is one of them.

So instead of Clutch being only 66.7% of the Big Three, what if they decide there is no better way to try and make peace with their strongest ally in the agency? And the To get back into the state of competing for the championship instead of making it pretty, even 100%?

As a result of that thinking (it wasn’t entirely forced on them under the threat of LeBron’s departure after this next season), the team traded not just one, but two first-round picks alongside Westbrook for the Rockets and Klutch guard. John Wall.

It turns out the Rockets have been more than okay with keeping Wall at home for another season, raising the asking price by a first-person player since the two teams first traded the 2022 trade deadline. The Lakers agree, going back to their usual first-round disregard for meat pies. Other commercial suitors such as the Hornets and Pacers This persistent aversion to assets took hold even before the Lakers agreed to the deal, with their bids taken off the table now that they realize the Lakers have less than zero leverage.

And so the first domino falls into the worst possible season of 2022. But things, somehow, are getting worse, because…

Kurt Rambis is staffed by Darvin Ham

People deceive. Rumors and reports are not always meant to be trusted. In this scenario, a misleading recent story is exposed. Because while Hamm had promised that Rumpes “He won’t be a regular attendance at training meetings as he was with Vogel,” he said. That’s because Rampes will be there for more than just a regular attendance: he’ll be there as main assistant.

Jenny Boss and Rob Pelinka wanted to make sure the Rampes feel fully capable of delivering his great coaching experience to an important crew, a history of work that has reached a record 65-164. This record has molded the mind of the Rampes into one of the NBA’s greatest minds, a real galactic mind that deliberately Wants more Deandre Jordan for his basketball team.

After strong play from LeBron and Co. To secure more leverage by replacing Westbrook with Wall, the Lakers’ front office realized they were being taken advantage of despite their most power. Their aggressive response to regaining control comes in the form of placing the Rampes firmly on an important crew.

In the future, Hamm and the Rampes are reported to strike after the Lakers’ third consecutive loss of the season, with the two and LeBron James naively recreating the image of the infamous Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Mike D’Antoni from the 2012-13 season. It was rock bottom.

But before that, the Lakers had to deal with free agency, and after those first two subtitles… well, you can probably guess he didn’t go well in that universe either.

The Lakers receive little to no free agency attention, use an exception on Hassan Whiteside

Trading Russell Westbrook would have been the Lakers’ best way to make a positive impact on their roster by amassing two, possibly three players whose contracts total the nearly $47 million owed to Westbrook after he picked in the final year of his contract.

With that it’s not possible anymore, the team just has it Excluding mid-level taxpayers of about $6.3 millionand other waste of veteran minimum contracts to attract people to the team.

Expectations were that Malik Monk would be the most likely beneficiary of this exception, returning to the team with a slight lift after being one of the few bright spots last season. However, he ends up getting more money via the mid-level exception for non-taxpayers 10.3 million dollars From a team looking for some offensive firepower in the form of the New York Knicks.

Enter… Free Agent Hassan Whiteside?

I was hoping the Lakers would use the exception in Which A big winger if not a monk after watching a handful of these types of guys make huge impacts during 2022 NBA playoffs. But, of course, the one thing the Lakers front desk loves more than breaking our hearts are the big positions, so instead they use the midfield at Whiteside while, inexplicably, they re-sign favorites Rambis DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard. They help form Mount Rushmore from 7-foot big can’t shoot (sorry, AD), as AD eventually started as a junior striker in Kurt’s tenure as interim head coach after his power struggle with Ham.

But before the season begins, the Lakers are trying to re-sign their biggest star, who, as you might have guessed, is not going well…

LeBron James does not sign the extension, say they will discuss again in the off season, and a report leaks that he will test a free agency with the intention of leaving

In what may be the most natural part of the 2022 season so far, LeBron is doing what some kind of expected by rejecting the extension proposed by the Lakers.

but why? Aside from putting the Rampes off the bench, the Lakers succumbed to LeBron’s bid by dealing Ross with some of the worst asset management imaginable? Why not be happy?

It turns out that he’s been planning this all along and that the push to get Wall was just LePrank in the Lakers franchise, speeding up the timing of the rebuilding period and making it a lot worse than it was originally.

LeBron misses every two out of three games during the season with the obscure “load management” showcasing the NBA version of “The Seniors.”

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Now look! Despite what’s going on in this off season, things could be a lot worse than they will end up being. Even if Westbrook stays on the team.

It looks like the Lakers have already realized some of their past mistakes by making them What seems to be the right appointment for a head coachwhich indicates increased efficiency by giving him a suitable deal and the freedom to choose his employees.

With the team already off to a good start, this basically ensures that the doom and gloom of the above doesn’t happen, with enough hope that the front office will be able to make the team more competitive than it did in 2021 – the Lakers had 22 to show. But this way, even if things don’t go the way we want them to, they will still go above and beyond the lowest possible expectations. you are welcome.

Next week, we’ll have more fun imagining the best-case scenario a Lakers season could look like.

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