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Trevor Lane here from lakers nation dot com.
And today we're talking about the treat and bio market.
Yeah, I can't believe it either.
Already were only four games into the regular season.
We're already hearing rumors about what the Lakers may be looking to do on the trade market this year or, more likely, the buyout market as they hoped to round up the roster for a big playoff push, perhaps even a finals run.
Who knows what could happen given the state of the Lakersroster right now and the play of Anthony Davidson? LeBron James? We're gonna talk all about it.
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Okay, so a recent report from ESPN is Brian Wind.
Horst mentions that the Lakers are looking to land a ball handler and or wing defender.
That's what they want to put on their team.
And I know I know I'm right there with you guys.
The one name that everybody's thinking off.
You know who it is, That guy, Andre Iguodala.
The belief is that eventually the Memphis Grizzlies will buy out Andre Iguodala, and then perhaps the Lakers can get in, get in there and figure out a way to bring him in.
So why do they have to wait for the bio market? Why can't the Lakers just sign Iguodala or make a trade for equal? I should say, Well, because they have very, very little assets in order to trade away They actually, they actually don't have any first round picks that available for trade because of the deal with the Pelicans for Anthony Davis, and they don't have a second rounders for quite a while as well.
So that's gonna be a challenge trying to find a workable trade for the Lakers.
So instead, they're probably gonna have to hit the buyout market.
And again, that's where the hope is that a guy like Iguodala becomes available.
Now Windows mentions that the Lakers are hoping Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso combo shoot well enough to as time goes on, rest LeBron James a little bit or take some of the plane making burden off of him we've seen so far this season.
All of the playmaking is pretty much come down to either LeBron James or Anthony Davis, they haven't really been able to rely on anyone else.
When both James and Davis are on the bench, the Lakers offense looks horrific.
I mean, it's it's really, really bad.
They just don't seem to have their act together on that side of the ball.
So if you can find somebody out there who can initiate the offense, who can create shots for others like it would all I can do that.
Yes, he's getting up there in years, but that would be a really big addition.
Of course, the one disclaimer here is that Kyle Kuzma is on the verge of coming back, and it's possible.
Maybe not likely, but possible that Koosman can fill that role now.
He's not gonna be the Thebes if Ender the diva Adela is.
But Koosman on the offensive end can be a go to guy.
So it's possible that the Lakers could handle this issue from with that that the return of Kuzma The return of Rondo gives them what they need.
But we know they also need a lock down defender.
We know that can devious Kabul Pope on Kawai.
Leonard is not gonna work So if that doesn't end up being Kyle Kuzma, if his perimeter defense, which he has said that he's worked on if then, doesn't end up being enough for the Lakers, then they're gonna have to go try to find somebody most likely again on the bio market because their lack of draft picks no interesting and Lee enough.
Windows does note that if the Lakers do decide to pursue a trade, whether it's for evil doll or someone else around the league, the guys that the G M's believe have the most trade value I'm talking about non LeBron and non Anthony Davis players that have the most trade value.
Our guys like Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green.
Those two players are the most coveted around the league.
But again, you don't see either one of those guys moving.
The Lakers just signed any green to a two year, $30 million deal this last summer in Cal Cosma.
They fought so hard to keep him out of the Anthony Davis deal and keep him in purple and gold again, be a little bit of a surprise to see them move on from him as well.
They also have a few guys like Rondo, like JaVale McGee, like contagious couple post mothers who actually have de facto no trade clauses.
So the Lakers are in some ways, they're fighting with their hands tied behind their backs on the trade market.
So that's why I tend to think they're going to be more active on the bio market.
And then the question becomes who winds up getting waved if they find somebody on the buyout market that they want to bring in? But that is a story for another day.
Interesting enough, of course, that already here we are four games into the season and your Los Angeles Lakers already taking a look at what they could do to potentially improve the roster.
Looking ahead towards these big matchups that we're going to see towards the end of the season and into the playoffs when they need to defend some of the top wing players and they need someone eat some offense for them.
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