The Los Angeles Lakers have put together a strong campaign that has seen them push their way to the top record in the Western Conference ahead of the trade deadline. However, there is some room for improvement that has the Lakers at least exploring the trade market for some possible additions to help further their chances of competing for an NBA title. Two names have become prominently mentioned in the discussion as potential acquisitions before Thursday’s deadline.
Lakers’ 2019-20 campaign
In the months heading into this season, there was much optimism around the Lakers following a busy summer. The front office largely restructured the roster through free agency along with a blockbuster trade that landed star forward Anthony Davis.
Los Angeles quickly gelled together on the floor that has helped them push forward to hold the top spot in the Western Conference. They are also not far behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the NBA.
Their star tandem of Davis and LeBron James have led the way, while their veteran-laden roster has picked up the slack behind them. Los Angeles has displayed a strong amount of chemistry on the floor together while also proving to be one of the better defensive teams in the league.
Howver, there are still some notable areas that the team could improve in, such as their need for another ball-handler and bench help.That has put on the table the possibility of being active before the trade deadline for more backcourt help.
Lakers exploring trade market for backcourt help
Los Angeles possesses the luxury holding one of the more balanced rosters in the league, but there have been some concerning trends that have built throughout the year. James has excelled in an increased distributor role, averaging a career-best and league-high 10.7 assists per contest.
But, that hasn’t seen any of their other guards such as Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, or Alex Caruso provide enough stable play in that regard. That has often made for a more notable drop off in production when the four-time league MVP isn’t on the floor. The Lakers have tried to offset that by splitting James and Davis on the court.
All of that has led to the Lakers to at least inquiring about Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder and Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.
The possible addition of either of these point guard would give them a playmaker off the bench that hold their own as a passer and scorer. If the Lakers were to pursue any of these players seriously, it would likely mean that Kyle Kuzma would be at the center of the trade package.
There is just under less than a day until the trade deadline passes, but the fact that the lakers are looking at other options does suggest they want to improve their backcourt. If anything, it’s certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Lakers’ options after trade deadline
The Lakers have their eyes on a few players around the league before Thursday’s trade deadline, but there’s a strong chance that the team elects to stand pat.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Los Angeles will be done looking to add more pieces to the puzzle. Another method could be the buyout market, in which a slew of viable players may be made available.
That may see the Memphis Grizzlies cave in to buy out Andre Iguodala’s contract, which there could be other players that could be on the open market after trades. Meanwhile, there is the possibility of signing veteran point guard Darren Collison, who is working his way back into basketball shape to make a comeback after the All-Star break.
Collison is said to have significant interest in joining the Lakers or L.A. Clippers. That makes it clear that the trade isn’t everything, and the team will have their options to find further help.