Coach Luke Walton is definitely aware that the Los Angeles Lakers need to add at least one superstar in order to become a significant team once again. During the 2016-17 NBA season, Walton admitted that none of his players can become the face of the franchise anytime soon.
Coach Luke Walton speaks about trading for superstar
Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka revealed their plan to bring in superstars in Los Angeles. They want to make the purple and gold an attractive free agent destination once again. In an appearance on “The Full 48” Podcast with Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner, coach Luke Walton discussed the importance of adding a superstar on their team.
“Obviously, there are players in this league that if you can get, it’s really tough to say no to because the superstars in this league are good enough to make you a contender or not. It’s the difference between having a very good team with lots of role players or having a team that can actually, legitimately win an NBA championship,” Walton said (h/t Lakers Nation).
In the past months, several NBA superstars have been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, including Indiana Pacers star Paul George. The Lakers currently have a plethora of trade assets to make a deal.
Coach Luke Walton warns the Lakers before sacrificing assets
However, Walton said that the Lakers should be careful before trading for a superstar. Acquiring a superstar or two will not make them a legitimate title contender, especially with the emergence of the Golden State Warriors’ “Super Team.”
“My only caution would be let’s not give up too much of our young core for one superstar because, like we just talked about before, let’s not forget that those Golden State Warriors are just a little bit north of us and it’s going to take a lot more than one superstar to dethrone them from the West. There’s that fine line in trying to get there quicker rather than developing our own guys. I think Rob and Magic are very aware of that,” Walton said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have three superstars, are currently having a hard time getting their first win in the NBA Finals 2017. The Los Angeles Clippers, who also have their own “Big Three,” can’t even dominate the Western Conference because of the Warriors. Walton believes that the Lakers should prioritize developing their young players rather than taking the easy path to title contention.