NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers eyeing a last-minute move for Kemba Walker?

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Rumors: The Los Angeles Lakers could add Kemba Walker before the end of the season. 

Entering this weekend’s action, the Los Angeles Lakers are within striking distance of a spot in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament. It won’t be easy to pull off with how inconsistent the team has been for much of the season but they at least will have a puncher’s chance to salvage the season and claim a playoff spot.

And with the season that they’ve had, you can argue that’s all they could ask for at this point. While the Lakers made some solid additions at the NBA Trade Deadline, they may not be finished with their last-minute additions heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

According to a recent report, there’s still a chance that the Lakers could add another ball-handler in the next week or so. And one option that remains on the table is Kemba Walker.

Walker played nine games this season with the Dallas Mavericks before he was let go, averaging eight points per game on 42 percent shooting from the field. It’s tough to see how he would make an impact on a team trying to fight for a playoff spot like the Lakers, but the interest should not be surprising. Los Angeles should be looking for free agents to round out their depth heading into the final few weeks of the regular season.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a tough spot as they look to make a playoff run

The final few weeks of the regular season will be difficult for the Lakers to navigate, especially considering that there’s no guarantee that LeBron James will be back before the playoffs. He’s recovering from a foot injury and is expected to be reevaluated in three weeks. And even then, there’s no guarantee he’ll be back in three weeks.

At this point, it’s probably safe to assume that LeBron will be out for the remainder of the regular season. There is probably hope he could return for the postseason but, again, there can’t be any guarantees of that right now.

Perhaps things change in the next few weeks but at least for now, it seems that the Lakers are going to have to figure out how to make it to the playoffs without LeBron. And that leaves this team in a tough spot.

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It’ll be interesting to see how this season ends for the Lakers and whether they qualify for the postseason. There is so much on the line over these last few weeks of the season.