The NBA Playoffs were forever altered by injuries and the Los Angeles Lakers felt the brunt of it with Anthony Davis sidelined and LeBron James greatly limited. Even when both return fully healed, Los Angeles knows it needs to add this summer to win another NBA championship.
If the Lakers want to add talent this offseason, though, it will require creativity from general manager Rob Pelinka. With very little cap room, sign-and-trades are the only realistic avenue to acquire championship-caliber talent. Fortunately, this franchise does have enough pieces to make something happen.
Let’s examine three sign-and-trades the Los Angeles Lakers could make this summer.
Buddy Hield traded to Los Angeles Lakers
A team with two of the best players in the NBA is great, but the talent around LeBron and AD was insufficient. It’s not difficult to find on of this club’s biggest shortcomings. Los Angeles ranked 23rd in 3-point attempts per game (31.3) and finished 21st in 3-point shooting percentage (35.4%). On top of that, the Lakers finished with one of the lowest 3-point marks from the corner (36.7%).
Los Angeles Lakers trade: No. 22 pick, Kyle Kuzma, Alfonzo McKinnie
Sacramento Kings trade: Buddy Hield
Enter Buddy Hield. While he doesn’t get a ton of attention playing for the Sacramento Kings, the 28-year-old is one of the most unstoppable shooters from beyond the arc. Even in a rather underwhelming season by his usual standard, Hield averaged 4.0 3-pointers made per game, shooting 39.1% overall and 46.9% from the corner.
Sacramento would be more than happy to move off his contract. Going from Hield to Kuzma will save the franchise millions of dollars, money the organization needs, take out a problematic player in the locker room and the No 22 pick will inject some youth. Meanwhile, the Lakers acquire a role player who fills a need perfectly.