The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to shake up their roster, but there are plenty of hurdles that could prevent the team from making a major move this offseason. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers have tried to trade Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to “almost every team” but the return is unlikely to be significant.
“They traded for him [Dennis Schroder] from Oklahoma City a year ago with the idea that they would re-sign him, and as you said, they cannot replace him if he leaves,” Wojnarowski explained on The Woj and Lowe Draft Special. “They have literally offered Kyle Kuzma and KCP to almost [every team]. Every team I’ve talked to in the league has been offered some combination of Kuz and KCP. Sometimes both of them, one of them, and that’s not going to get them back a point guard of Dennis’ stature.”
Wojnarowski mentioned Timberwolves starting point guard Ricky Rubio as a potential option for the Lakers this offseason. Rubio averaged 8.6 points, 6.4 assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 30.8% from behind the three-point line. It is not quite the production that many Lakers fans are hoping to find from the team’s next acquisition. Ultimately, this is part of the reason Wojnarwoski feels Dennis Schroder is destined to re-sign with the Lakers in free agency.