Jaxson Hayes is another young player that the Lake Show brought in that fans are getting excited about. In fact, by bringing in both Hayes and Reddish, the Lakers now have the eighth, ninth and 10th overall picks from the 2019 NBA Draft all on the roster.
Hayes is particularly interesting as he is the player the New Orleans Pelicans received in that draft from the Davis trade. New Orleans originally had the fourth overall pick and traded it for the eighth pick and more future capital. The team took Hayes, who never fully panned out in New Orleans.
The speculation before the season is that the Lakers are looking to add another center to the mix that has a different skill set than Hayes. It seems, from an outside perspective, that the Lake Show is high on Hayes and what he can offer the team this upcoming season.
Recent Lakers history shows that Jaxson Hayes won’t last very long in LA
History tends to repeat itself and those paying attention know that the Lakers have had a revolving door at the center position in recent years. If Hayes is underperforming at all then Rob Pelinka very well could move on from him like he has so many other centers in the past.
It is easier to do so at the center position with there being so many veteran buyout options typically available in February and March. Whether it be letting him go for nothing or trading him for second-round picks like the team did with Thomas Bryant, there is a very real chance that Hayes is off the team by May.