The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a blazing start as they currently have a 24-4 record which is tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the league. The Lakers have shown the ability to not only dominate at home but dominate on the road as they have a 14-2 record in away games.
Despite this, the Lakers have struggled against playoff teams and have gotten off to rough starts in many of their games. Making a trade for a quality role player would be an aggressive move that could make their title aspirations even bigger. Here are five players who the Los Angeles Lakers should target.
Bertans is having a career year with the Washington Wizards this season and would be the perfect addition for the Lakers. Bertans is averaging 15.4 points per game on a scorching 45.7% from three. The Wizards should look to move Bertans at the deadline because he is a free agent at the end of this season and will have a big market.
A potential trade would be Davis Bertans for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Talen Horton-Tucker, and multiple 2nd round picks.
For the Wizards, this trade allows you to get something for Bertans instead of losing him in free agency for nothing. You hope that Horton-Tucker can potentially turn into an impactful player and hope that you can find a diamond in the rough with the 2nd round picks.
For the Lakers, Bertans would be the ultimate pick-up. LeBron excels when he is surrounded by shooters and Bertans excels in that area. Also, Bertans is shooting an incredible 46.3% on catch-and-shoot threes so he would be another person who other teams would have to game plan for.
It looks as if the Spurs are headed for a rebuild and Patty Mills should be one of the first players to be moved. Patty Mills would be a great addition for the Lakers as he has had a good season for the Spurs as a shooter and facilitator. A potential trade would be Patty Mills in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook and a future 2nd round pick.
For the Spurs, this move helps you get out of Mills’ contract a year early as well as gets you some more draft capital.
For the Lakers, their point guard situation is a bit wonky. Rondo has been up and down for most of the season and Quinn Cook is undersized and will more than likely not see a ton of minutes in the playoffs. Alex Caruso seems to be a better fit at shooting guard rather than point guard so this trade can clear up any concerns that the Lakers may have with the backup point guard position.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have made it known that Schroder is available, and the Lakers should pounce on this opportunity. Schroder is having a great year for the Thunder averaging 17 points on a career-high 46.5% from the field. A potential trade would be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Talen Horton-Tucker, 2025 first, multiple 2nds and cap fillers for Dennis Schroder.
For the Thunder, this trade allows you to shed Schroder’s contract and acquire two young players in Kostas and Talen.
For the Lakers, Schroder can provide you with a scoring punch off the bench as well as alleviate the offensive pressure off of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Due to Schroder’s contract and a lack of assets, it is very unlikely that the Lakers would acquire Schroder, but they should at least attempt.
The Pelicans have made everyone except for Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram available and this is another opportunity that the Lakers should take advantage of. Redick signed with the Pelicans this past offseason in hopes of helping them make a playoff push. This hasn’t been the case as they are currently the 14th seed in the Western Conference and in the midst of a 13-game losing streak. A potential trade would be similar to the Dennis Schroder trade where the Lakers acquire Redick in exchange for cap fillers, young assets, and future picks.
For the Pelicans, this trade gives you young talent and draft capital in exchange for Redick as well as gets you off of his contract a year early.
For the Lakers, Redick is a player that they should have pursued in free agency. Redick is known as an elite shooter and would play well alongside LeBron and AD. Redick is also a player that opposing teams have to pay attention to and this could lead to open shots/easy points for others on the team.
The Knicks have virtually made everyone available and it looks as if Morris will be one of the first to be traded. Marcus Morris had an interesting free agency. After originally accepting a contract with the Spurs, he backed out of it and opted to sign with the Knicks instead. This move turned out to be a good one as he is currently having a career year with the Knicks averaging a career-high 18.7 points on an astounding 47.3% from three. A potential trade would once again be similar to the trade proposal for J.J. Redick and Dennis Schroder.
For the Knicks, they would be acquiring young assets and draft capital for a player that will more than likely leave them in free agency.
For the Lakers, Morris would be an amazing 3-D small forward/power forward and fill a position of need. Marcus Morris is a tough player who brings a lot of energy and this energy will be needed on a team looking to win a championship this season.