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With LeBron James and Anthony Davis out for a month, the Los Angeles Lakers will need help to make another strong run in the postseason. Even with both stars back there, there are rumors that the Lakers could be on the market to bring a star to town.
The Lakers have a package that could be worth as much as $10 million when combined with players like Wesley Matthews, Alex Caruso, Alfonso McKinney and Talen Horton-Tucker. For some of the more expensive players, this may be worth a draft pick. In doing so, 10 role players could be a good fit for the Lakers in exchange for a good package. Here are their best options.
10. Frank Ntilikina
Let’s just say Caruso should have been sold for another piece. The Lakers need to find replacements that don’t cost a lot of money. That’s where Ntilikina comes in. The former lottery player feels right at home in New York, averaging 14.7 minutes per game against the Knicks. He is averaging 4.3 points and 0.8 assists in limited time this season.
This could be a good thing for Ntilikina after the point guard failed to live up to expectations. After averaging 6.3 points and 3.0 assists last season, he has clearly fallen off the plans at New York. He could be worth a second round.
9. Mo Bamba
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The loss of Dwight Howard isn’t great, but Howard proved he was important to the Lakers last season. Mark Gasol didn’t bring the same kind of fire as Howard. With Davis’ absence, players like Markieff Morris and Montrezl Harrell have to compete with Gasol, who doesn’t have the same speed he used to.
Bamba is another project that failed after it was signed. Bamba’s minutes have dropped every season since his Orlando debut. Bamba is averaging 4.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes this year. Bamba needs a change of scenery and the Lakers need another big man on their roster. It’s a simple win-win situation.
8. Bismack Biyombo
Biyombo would be the perfect player to replace Howard’s absence, and he probably won’t cost much more if a swap comes up. Biyombo is averaging 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game this season. He is an energetic player who can play in the center or on the bench.
Biyombo gained some notoriety in 2015 when he came off the bench for the Toronto Raptors and averaged 8.0 rebounds. He spent two solid seasons with the Magic before signing with the Charlotte Hornets. Biyombo can benefit if he plays against the opponent, while the Lakers can benefit if he brings the energy, as is the case with the second unit.
7. DeMarcus Cousins
How about a class reunion? Cousins signed with the Lakers in 2019, marking Davis’ first season in the league. Instead of joining his former Pelicans teammate, he tore his ACL in the offseason and never played for the Lakers. It was withdrawn in February 2020. Since then, Cousins has played for the Rockets, where he averages 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.
But Cousins will leave the Rockets and the Lakers could get him. It doesn’t cost that much. Right now, Cousins just wants to win the ring. At age 30, with a torn ACL and a torn Achilles tendon ligament the past three years, he’s not a player who has been named an All-Star four times in a row. However, he can make good minutes in a backup role.
6. JJ Redick
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Kenatavious Caldwell-Pope is a familiar name that has been the subject of possible trade rumors. When the Lakers give up one of their best three-point shooters, they have to turn to J.J. Redick. Despite one of the worst years of his career, Redick is still shooting 36% from three-point range. If Caldwell-Pope is chosen, someone has to make a three-pointer.
Redick is in the tank, as his three-point shooting percentage is the lowest since 2013. He’s still a 41.0% long-range shooter. Put him with the Lakers and he can resume his career for one last playoff run.
5. Hassan Whiteside
Whiteside got the bamboo from the Kings. After scoring 15.5 points and grabbing 13.5 rebounds, Whiteside was moved. His numbers were poor this season, with 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Prior to this year, Whiteside had recorded six consecutive double-digit wins.
If the Lakers want to make a trade, they can offer a player and a second-round pick. Whiteside has a year left on his contract, making him an interesting signing. If the Lakers are in the market for a solid rim protector, it might be time to make a move.
4. TJ Warren
Remember when T.J. Warren was one of the best scorers on the NBA bubble last year? Warren has only played in four games this year and won’t be back for a few months. The Pacers could be attracted to players like Horton Tucker and Caruso, as could Warren.
If Warren can come back at the same time as Davis and LeBron, that would be an interesting rotation. Warren is averaging 15.5 points per game. Last season, he averaged 19.8 points per game, compared to 18.0 points the season before. He’d be a prime swan, assuming he’s healthy for the playoffs.
3. Rudy Gay
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Talk about cheaters: Gay has proven to be one of the best in the business when it comes to getting off the bench. At his best, Gay was a scorer averaging 17 to 21 points per game. Over the past four seasons, his average has dropped to 16.9 points per game, but make no mistake, the 35-year-old can still play.
Winning is the core of the Lakers right now, which is why they had veterans like Howard and Rondo on the team last year. The team contracted Gasol and Harrell this year. Gay has been playing in the league since 2006 and is not close to winning an NBA title. With the Spurs looking like future first-round picks, the team could sell Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. Gay is the cheaper option and would give the team another veteran to lean on.
2. Thaddeus Young
Young could very well be the Chicago Bulls’ MVP this season. The Bulls are fighting for eighth place. A place in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but at some point the team will have to decide on the future of the franchise. Unable to win an NBA championship this season, the team may want to acquire their best assets.
The junior is shooting 59.2 percent from the field and is averaging 4.4 assists per game. The Bulls need Young to get the ball and pass to an open shooter. With Young on the court, the offense can stay fluid even if Dennis Schroder, Caruso or LeBron aren’t on the court. The young man is potentially worth the first pick this season, so he could give the Lakers the scare. After all, he would be a perfect fit for this team.
1. Andre Drummond
Drummond would be the most expensive and risky option, as he will be a free agent after this season. Drummond was benched so Jarrett Allen could play his minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers should have already found a trade partner, but it’s been a month since they made a statement. In 25 games, Drummond is averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds. The more talk, the more likely it is that Drummond will be bought out.
A buyout would be ideal for the Lakers, as they have a good argument to bring Drummond in on the cheap. Drummond has played his entire career for the Detroit Pistons and Cavaliers, and has appeared twice in the postseason. Drummond would be an immediate starter and a huge upgrade over Gasol both offensively and defensively. Drummond, paired with a healthy Davis, will make the Lakers as unstoppable defensively as they were last season, meaning the Lakers have a great chance to be champions again.
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