Ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers seem very interested in acquiring guards from across the league. They already had former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook on the team. Although the Lakers have been trying to trade him all offseason, they haven’t had much success with it.
In addition to Russ, the Lakers traded for Patrick Beverley of the Utah Jazz. It was an understandable move, as Roxo and Dourado needed a good defender in the squad.
Most thought this would result in Westbrook starting the game while Pat Bev comes off the bench. Well, the Lakers then signed Dennis Schroder to a one-year, $2.64 million contract.
That’s when things started to get tough for the Lakers. NBA insiders revealed that Schroder’s arrival meant Russ might have to come off the bench for the Lakers.
Marc Stein says Lakers don’t plan to play Patrick Beverley at point guard
With the general consensus around the league being that Westbrook will be forced off the bench, NBA insider Marc Stein has a new report that suggests otherwise. According to Stein, the Lakers want Beverley to play the role of a forward instead of a point guard.
With [Russell] Westbrook is poised to stay at the Laker when new coach Darvin Ham opens his first training camp as the new LA head coach, sources say Beverley is considered internally by the club as a 3-ed forward rather than a point guard at this stage in his career. The Lakers, in other words, see Westbrook and [Dennis] Schröder as their guards starting September 18th… and the likes of Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker IV as 2s and 3s.
If Stein’s sources are correct, that means Russell Westbrook will remain the Lakers’ top point guard during the 2022-23 NBA season.
However, nothing is confirmed for now. Things will become much clearer after training begins and Lakers head coach Darvin Ham reveals his strategies and makes necessary changes accordingly.