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The LA Lakers have been active during free agency and with trades. The Lakers acquired Dennis Schröder from OKC in exchange for Danny Green and a 2020 first-round pick. And they also signed Montrezl Harrell and Wesley Matthews in free agency.

The Lakers have completely reshaped their roster. The departures of key players such as Danny Green, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and Avery Bradley would be felt by any team. But the front office has done well to replace them and are continuing to work on the team.

The Los Angeles Lakers pose for a photo after their win over the Miami Heat after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA Champion Channing Frye spoke to NBA TV about the new-look Lakers squad. Frye believes the difference between the old and new Lakers team is too large. “Not even close. Absolutely. They are better because now this team is built for the next 2 or 3 years.” 

Frye explained that the team is better as it now accounts for LeBron James possibly getting hurt or missing time (which he is expected to at the start of the new season).

This is a bonus for the Lakers. “If something happens to LeBron, Schröder is a starter, Montrezl Harrell plays 30 minutes, Wesley Matthews plays 30 minutes.” 

Frye called LeBron about the LA Lakers moves

Frye, a former teammate of LeBron, said that these moves are excellent because the players brought in are proven winners. He even said that he called James up regarding these moves.

“All of these guys are winners and have opportunities to really make an impact on this team. That’s what is dangerous. I’m best friends with ‘Bron, and I called and said, ‘How the heck did y’all do this?’”

This move puts the Lakers in the position of the favorite to win the championship. Frye, on the other hand, thinks the moves are just flat out unfair.

“This is unfair because if LeBron plays 32 or less minutes, he is dangerous, especially at this age. You could take him out and put Schröder in, put Montrezl Harrell in. That’s nasty. Not only defensively, but that’s a nasty screen and roll.

“And add AD and KCP in there, now you’ve taken away the greatest player of our generation and you still have a Top-3 team in both divisions.”

The Los Angeles Lakers are still not done acquiring talent. Rumors suggest that they are interested in landing veteran center Marc Gasol. Whatever the case may be, the Lakers have vastly improved their squad this off-season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

NBA & NFL Writer. Believes that Derrick Rose would be a top-3 player today had he not gotten injured. The harsh truth is OBJ peaked after THAT catch in 2014.

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