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2 best trades to make before the 2023 NBA trade deadline


The Los Angeles Lakers’ 2022-23 season hasn’t gone to plan at all. The hope was that if they were able to shore up their bench in the offseason, they could emerge as title contenders again this season. Unfortunately, that just hasn’t happened for them thus far, and they may have to go to work in the trade market before the 2023 NBA trade deadline if they want to salvage their season.

With a 16-21 record, the Lakers currently sit 12th in the Western Conference. It’s not as bad as it sounds, as they’re actually only eight games away from first place, but the longer they continue to sit down the ladder, the harder it will be for them. to pull themselves out of the hole they currently find themselves in.

The Lakers have apparently never been happy with their roster this season, leading them to be embroiled in trade rumors throughout the season. The trade deadline is fast approaching and it looks like this will be the last chance for Los Angeles to salvage its season. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at two trades the Lakers should seriously consider making as the deadline approaches.

2. Lakers get Cam Reddish in exchange for Patrick Beverley and Kendrick Nunn

The Lakers’ search for offensive production hasn’t yielded much this season, and they’ve really struggled to get over the loss of Anthony Davis recently, even with some big plays from LeBron James. Los Angeles needs to add another scorer to their roster and offload some of the dead weight they have at the back of their rotation, which makes a move for Cam Reddish a real possibility for them.

Reddish is currently getting zero minutes for a struggling New York Knicks team, and it only seems like a matter of time before he ends up being dealt a deal by the Knicks. Reddish has proven he can string together the buckets when he gets the chance, but he didn’t have that luck with New York. A team like the Lakers could definitely use his services.

Despite all the trade rumors suggesting big names could be on the move in Los Angeles, it seems increasingly likely that Patrick Beverley and Kendrick Nunn won’t be with the team past the trade deadline. Beverley hasn’t been successful at all this season, but he’s still a solid defenseman, which the Knicks might like, and Nunn just isn’t getting any minutes this season.

Considering how New York is probably looking to be a playoff contender this season, they’d probably like to have players who could help them this season rather than a second-round draft pick, which is basically all they want. they could get for Reddish otherwise. Both teams could benefit from this deal, so it looks like it’s happening.

1. The Lakers finally put together a big package to land Myles Turner and Buddy Hield

The Lakers have been linked to Myles Turner and Buddy Hield for ages now, but it’s clear that acquiring these two players would be exactly what this team needs to become a contender. Los Angeles’ front office must determine whether they want to wrestle now or in the future, with the future being quite distant considering how few draft picks they have over the next few seasons.

When he was healthy, the Lakers rolled with Anthony Davis at center, despite his desire not to play the position. Adding Turner would allow Davis to return to his preferred forward position, but it also goes hand-in-hand with the fact that LA’s big man rotation isn’t very good right now. Turner is having a good season for Indiana (16.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.1 BPG, 55.2 FG%, 40.2 3P%) and would be the ideal player to help the Lakers to turn the tide.

Similar to the reasoning for picking up Reddish, the Lakers need more scorers, and in particular, more shots. This is precisely what Hield offers. Hield is also having a good season (17.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 46.2 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and if he could get close to 43% of his three for the Lakers , it would be like a dream come true for them.

Of course, making this deal would cost the Lakers one, if not both, of their future first-round picks, which is very important to note because they only have two left they can trade. The Los Angeles front office needs to decide if they’re serious about making this team a contender, because if they do, making this trade for Turner and Hield would be the deal they absolutely should make before the deadline.




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