3 Reasons Spurs' repeated Lakers losses can end up being brilliant

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Reason #1: The Lakers convince themselves that they are improving, making a trade more likely.

The Lakers going 3-0 against the Spurs helped them bounce back from a 2-10 start, and they are now 9-12. Those wins gave them some momentum and, possibly, a false sense of optimism. With James and Davis playing well and other players like former Spur Lonnie Walker contributing, they could convince themselves that they are a move or two away from contention.

That might also cause them to change strategies and put their two tradeable first-round picks back into play. If that is the case, then the Spurs arguably have the best trade package available. Or, there could be a modified trade in which the Spurs ship out Jakob Poeltl, Doug McDermott, and Josh Richardson for Patrick Beverly, Russell Westbrook, and a top-five protected 2027 and 2029 first-round pick.

That may leave them thin at point guard, but they could sign one on the buyout market later, and the trade would give them the shooting they've desperately been seeking and a center who would pair nicely with James and Davis.

For the Spurs, those two picks could very well end up in the lottery given the Lakers' questionable roster-building track record over the past 10 years, and it could be well worth moving their veterans. As for Westbrook, he'll likely be waived, while the Spurs could hold onto Beverly and possibly trade him again at the trade deadline.

Despite his poor season, a playoff team could still be willing to give up a couple of future second-round picks for him or even a first if the Spurs take back contracts that extend into next season. If that is indeed the case, then the Spurs could end up with two firsts and two seconds for Richardson, McDermott, and Poeltl. That would be a great haul since two of those players will be unrestricted free agents this summer and possibly unlikely to re-sign.

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All in all, the Spurs are still in a tailspin, partly due to their three losses to the Lakers. Fortunately, there are some silver linings to those losses, and the Spurs may be better off for them in the long run, while the Lakers could be worse.