Since the Los Angeles Lakers‘ disappointing playoff departure, the franchise remains steadfast in improving the roster. It’s led to a flurry of rumors floating around potential offseason additions. One of which is gaining traction toward the Lakers adding a proven scorer next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Lakers are looking to shake up the roster
The Lakers fell well short of competing for a second straight NBA title, sending the front office toward a critical offseason.
Los Angeles is hoping to secure a more formidable supporting cast around James and Davis. It will begin with addressing the backcourt situation, as Dennis Schroder struggled to provide consistent production. His offensive shortcomings, along with significant injuries to James and Davis, guided the team toward an early playoff exit.
It’s also quickly led the Lakers down the rabbit hole of finding a trade to bring more offensive firepower aboard. The front office is now inching toward adding a proven scorer that would solidify the backcourt.
Lakers are closing in on sharpshooter LeBron James and Anthony Davis lacked last season
The Lakers are moving toward a busy offseason aimed at constructing a championship-caliber roster around its star talent.
It’s led Los Angeles to pursue a trade for Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield centered around offering Kyle Kuzma. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Lakers’ offer is viewed as the “most promising” package the Kings have received so far.
“Of all the scenarios for a supporting player believed to be in play, one source to the situation indicated the Hield deal — which would involve forward Kyle Kuzma and would also likely require Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell to opt in to the final year of his deal (worth $9.7 million) and be included — appears the most promising thus far,” Amick wrote.
The most significant piece is Montrezl Harrell due to his $9.7 million player option for next season. Harrell is reportedly leaning toward declining the option, which possesses a July 31 decision deadline.
Hield would provide an immediate backcourt upgrade through his scoring and 3-point shooting to supplement LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers’ supporting cast lacked consistency in both regards, especially shooting from distance.
In his first five seasons, he’s developed into a dependable scorer, holding career averages of 16.0 points while hitting at a 40.6% clip from beyond the arc. His scoring production has dipped over the last two seasons, but the chance to play alongside James and Davis could catapult him back into the right direction.
Hield is in the second year of his four-year, $94 million contract that runs through the 2023-24 campaign while not possessing any player or team options. The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career, which he could become a foundational piece in Los Angeles.
Front office will explore several backcourt options
Hield is among the potential roster additions the Lakers could make this offseason.
Los Angeles is linked to several backcourt options such as DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Lonzo Ball, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Collin Sexton. The likely pathway toward improving the roster will come via a sign-and-trade due to the team’s limited player personnel and salary-cap space.
The Lakers are eyeing adding another playmaking guard that can create offense alongside James and Davis. The team could bring back Schroder, but he reportedly desires a $100 million contract that may be too high for the front office’s preference.
Los Angeles is reportedly willing to move Kuzma along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but hasn’t found a feasible trade. It all sets the table for when, not if the Lakers will make a significant roster move to return to NBA title contention.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.