11 Players the Los Angeles Lakers Must Avoid This Offseason

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11 Players the Los Angeles Lakers Must Avoid This Offseason
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At this moment the Los Angeles Lakers are deciding whether to rebuild or reload. However, regardless of the direction they go, they must avoid certain players. The Lakers are about championships—always have been and always will be.

Los Angeles has never done things shall we say “the San Antonio” way, meaning they have never tinkered but rather tanked. To be fair, it has always worked. When you go through the history of the franchise most of its best players were acquired via trades, whether it was Wilt, Goodrich, Magic, Worthy, Kareem, Scott, Wilkes, Gasol and Bryant.

So it is reasonable for Lakers fans to believe they can trade Metta World Peace for LeBron James because they have done it time and time again. Yet, what goes unnoticed in the acquisitions is the
players they avoided either re-signing or receiving. Sometimes the players the Lakers didn't get is what makes them successful.

With that in mind, here are 11 players the Lakers should avoid re-upping or receiving in Los Angeles’ pursuit of perfection.

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