LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers are currently behind the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns at the top of the Western Conference. The Lakers have been without Anthony Davis for a few weeks now, and they've been struggling a bit with him sidelined. With Davis out and his return date unclear, Los Angeles is looking to make an addition to the frontcourt.
However, Davis' injury isn't the only reason the Lakers are looking for a big-man upgrade. The Athletic's Sam Amick reports L.A. is disappointed with the Marc Gasol experience so far after adding him this past offseason. While the veteran still does some things well, he has not been the key addition the Lakers hoped he would be. He's averaging just 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the season.
Amick relays this report in the context of the possibility of adding LaMarcus Aldridge now that he's on the outs with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are working on finding a trade for Aldridge, but if that doesn't happen, a buyout would be in the cards.
In addition to Aldridge, Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins are both seeking new homes. L.A. reportedly prefers Drummond over Cousins and has optimism about signing him if he hits the buyout market, but nothing is imminent.
The Lakers will be glad to get all they can help they can get in a loaded Western Conference. While they're still the favorite to come out of the West, the Brooklyn Nets are right there when it comes to NBA title favorites.