Lakers plan for 2022 NBA trade deadline | Launderer’s report

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    Reinforcements can’t come fast enough for the Los Angeles Lakers, who cruised through the middle of the 2021-22 NBA season spinning their tires with a record .500.

    The front office will have to get creative to find them by the February 10 trade deadline.

    LA, as you may have heard, is running out of trade tokens. Most of his future draft picks are already announced, and most of that roster either earn minimal money or a presumably untouchable star (i.e. LeBron James or Anthony Davis).

    These are explanations why this is a tricky business season, but they are not excuses for the front office. General Manager Rob Pelinka and his staff must work tirelessly to find solutions to the Violet and Gold’s problems.

    The following three-step plan should point the Lakers in the right direction.

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    It would probably take a miracle to negotiate a Russell Westbrook blockbuster. Well, that or maybe a restart of the Westbrook-for-John Wall trade (although the Houston Rockets may be happier that Wall is staying out to keep the rink clear for their young guards).

    His dominant ball style puts numbers on the stat sheet, but he just doesn’t do enough to positively affect victory. For the second time in three seasons, his team is playing better without him, according to Basketball Reference.

    It’s a troubling trend for any player, but it’s an unforgivable sin for someone with a salary of $44.2 million (and a player option of $47.1 million for the season). next in addition), according to Spotrac.

    Still, just because logic says there isn’t a Westbrook suitor out there, doesn’t mean the Lakers should give up hope of finding one. History has revealed time and time again that there are no untradeable players, and if the Lakers could somehow offload him, it would be a big win no matter who or what. they took over.

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    Any Lakers trade talks worth their weight in digital content are sure to include Talen Horton-Tucker.

    There are two reasons for this. First, he has the only significant salary among players not named James, Davis or Westbrook, so Horton-Tucker is needed to work the money into a trade for someone notable. Second, the 21-year-old was disappointed in his third NBA season, and it’s possible his best basketball is far enough in the future that he can’t be of major help to James.

    In fact, let’s add a third reason to this list: he’s the most exciting prospect on the list. Granted, this tag kind of lands by default—even rookie Austin Reaves is two years older than him—but Horton-Tucker’s shot-creating flashes and enviable length (7’1″ wingspan) give him a wide range of results, and some of them are intriguing.

    In other words, it’s their best field-useable commercial chip. And the Lakers should be ready to cash in the last resources they have for the best player they can afford. Winning the Jerami Grant contest always seems like a long shot, but something in that mold would be a massive shake-up for this roster.

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    The Lakers need a bit of everything right now.

    Given their budget constraints, they should be willing to jump on just about any deal this trading market offers.

    Other than maybe shooting specialists, LA isn’t deep anywhere. He needs better defenders, more shot-makers, more ball throwers and more scorers. A significant stretch would also give this front area some missing versatility.

    Like we said, the wish list is long. Ticking just one of those boxes at a discounted price would be a big win for that front office.

John C. Dent