Landsberger wrote:This biggest issue with the young core is the games they miss because of injury. Kuzma has been fairly healthy in his 2 seasons. Ingram and Ball have not. Will Ingram's body hold up under 82? Next year we will be forced into the same corner we were with Randle in terms of paying him. Question is.... do we pay Ingram the max or a top FA?
For me the issue is not "ability" it's the "UNAVAIL-ABILITY "of both Lonzo and Ingram.
When Lonzo went down and had to be helped off the court, I freaking knew he would be out for a very long time. 4-6 weeks they said, I knew it'll be more like 8 weeks, Why? bec even 2 seasons ago, various injuries to his shoulder and knee he ALWAYS take a SO FREAKING LONG time to comeback. I love Randle to stay but because of Lonzo's history of taking his time to recover, I felt, they needed a good back up PG so they used the money on Rondo. It turned out, Rajon is a bad combo with Lebron and that he is an awful defender.
Ingram too, gets hurt a lot because he always knifes his way to the teeth of the defense. His frail body gets banged around by huge centers/PFs and at times steps on other players feet and/or lands awkwardly. Lebron has proven that he really works well with shooters so I think they should explor the possibility to trading BI for a legit shooter like Markkanen.
Lakers also need a legit shooter from the backcourt and use Lebron as PG. Darren Collison has career 39% from 3pt area and he is a decent defender. Seth Curry should be cheaper and shoots a career 43% but is defense may be bad.