Should the Lakers Make a Trade?
Despite the best record, great team chemistry, and few trading chips, the Lakers still might consider pulling the trigger on these trades
While the Lakers may not need to make a trade this winter, their fast start this season may temp them to surprise everyone and go all in to win their 17th championship by pulling the trigger on one of the following trades:
- Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma to Wolves for Robert Covington.
This is my favorite trade as it gets the Lakers the 28-year old Covington, who at 6' 7" and 209 lbs is 4 years younger, more athletic, and a better defender than the 32-year old Green and better prospect for the future than Kuzma. You lose Danny’s elite 3-point shooting and championship experience but get a perfect 3&D player in return. Naz Reid is salary ballast and would likely be waived to create an open roster spot for Iggy.
- Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma to Grizzlies for Andre Iguodala
This is a trade the Lakers would likely only make if necessary to prevent Andre Iguodala from being traded to the Clippers. Unlike the above trade for Covington, this trade would be more of a win right now than perfect future fit trade. It would also likely only happen should the Lakers decide Kyle Kuzma was not going to be the third star they had envisioned nor Danny Green the elite wing defender they needed.
- Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma to Knicks for Marcus Morris.
This is another trade the Lakers would be unlikely to make unless they were disappointed in the performances of Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma and were convinced Marcus Morris would be the legitimate third star they needed to complement LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Morris would add another level of physicality, help balance a guard centric roster, and also create an open roster spot for Andre Iguodala.
- Kyle Kuzma, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels to Wizs for Davis Bertans.
This is a trade that would bring back an elite and prolific 3-point shooter in Davis Bertans, who’s currently shooting 46% from deep on almost 9 three-point attempts per game but who will be in line for a massive contract as an unrestricted free agent next summer. In return, the Wizards would receive a talented young prospect with two years left on his deal in Kuzma and a pair of career 40% three-point shooters.
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