What Should Lakers Do at the 2023 Trade Deadline?https://t.co/gCMUPgkaUQ via @BleacherReport
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The Los Angeles Lakers have some decisions to make between now and the NBA’s February 9 trade deadline.
How aggressive can they be with Anthony Davis’ return-to-action timeline? How many pieces does the team need to join the contenders’ tier? Is there even a deal that would get them there? With some mystery still surrounding AD’s health, is it even worth going all in?
Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus explored all of the above and revealed a handful of paths forward for one of the league’s most visible and storied franchises.
Should they go all-in and trade both of their oft-discussed 2027 and 2029 first-round picks? Would players like Bradley Beal or DeMar DeRozan be available in that case?
What about only sending one of the firsts for a lesser-known helper like Bojan Bogdanović?
If Davis and LeBron James are healthy, could the team get away with simply shuffling in some other role players?
Or, should the organization just sit this one out and hang on to the picks?
In other words, L.A. might be able to pursue a blockbuster, a notable upgrade, a minor upgrade or simply stand pat.
With all of those options on the board, Bleacher Report’s NBA staff rolled up its collective sleeves, chose the Lakers’ best path and provided specific trade packages for each.
1. Andy Baily: Blockbuster: Myles Turner, Buddy Hield
-2027 first-round pick
-2029 first-round pick
2. Grant Hughes: Stand Pat: Lakers Shouldn’t Trade Anything
3. Dan Favale: Minor Upgrade: Josh Richardson
-2023 second-rounder (most favorable from the Lakers or Chicago)
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