The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to tinker with their roster this offseason after failing to repeat as NBA champions in 2021. A squad featuring LeBron James and Anthony Davis obviously doesn't need an overhaul, but the pieces around them will always be on the table as the Lakers' front office does anything and everything they can to put the ideal supporting cast around their two stars.
L.A. does not need to change things up, necessarily. Injuries were the main culprit in their first-round playoff exit and bringing back the main contributors from this year's roster while hoping for a clean bill of health would definitely result in improvement. But after Dennis Schroder and Andre Drummond both failed to live up to expectations, it's very much worth asking if they can contribute to a championship-caliber team rather than a very good one. Especially in light of the free agency attention both will likely receive, in tandem with the Lakers' tight cap situation.
That brings us to today's latest rumor in the NBA. Reporter Evan Massey says the Lakers are interested in executing a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs for DeMar DeRozan.
We're still a ways out from the start of free agency and thus take early reports with the appropriately-sized grain of salt. But it's an interesting move to consider.