Given the Los Angeles Lakers’ reputation as one of the most successful and well-respected franchises in all of sports, there have been very few instances in which fans have been able to say the team’s front office did not treat a player fairly.
Since taking over as owner of the Lakers in 1979, Jerry Buss has done a tremendous job running the team. In addition, Jerry West and Mitch Kupchak have both done stellar work in their respective stints as the team’s general manager.
But that’s not to say there haven’t been a few instances, especially recently, where fans have questioned the intentions of the team's management.
In the following slides, you will find three former Lakers—and one current one—who I believe a person could legitimately argue was screwed (or is currently being screwed) by the team’s front office.
And remember, hindsight is always 20/20. Some of the reasons why I chose certain players for this article could have happened many years ago, which means those reasons may not look so terrible in present day (for example, the Shaquille O’Neal trade).