Former Laker Frye: Walton will have tough decisions to make

Former Laker Channing Frye says the Lakers will have decisions to make this season.

With the dust finally settling and reality setting in, much has been made of how Luke Walton and his assistants will handle the 2018-19 season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Signing LeBron James, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley is all well and good.

However, how will that impact the development of the Lakers’ young core of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac will be something to watch.

So says former Laker Channing Frye, who was traded by Cleveland to LA on Feb. 8 and has since re-signed with the Cavaliers.

“I actually think their coaching staff will be fine,” Frye said on the Road Trippin’: Richard vs. Channing podcast. “I think the communication is going to have to change, because they have to do a lot of teaching with Kuz and Josh Hart and Zo, B.I., and big Zubac, who I like a lot. Big Zu. Like, that’s five guys.”

At that point, Frye wondered which direction the Lakers will go — will they play their veterans in an attempt to win right away? Or, will they be willing to take some lumps by playing the younger guys and allowing them to develop?

“Now, my question is, as a person who’s been there, what happens to their development? Luke has to win, right?” Frye said. “Are you going to play a guy you don’t know what you’re going to get, or are you going to play Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, Bron, Rondo, JaVale McGee? 

“You have to play the experience. So what happens to [the young players]?”