The Los Angeles Lakers are still alive in the NBA Playoffs and are favored to win a championship this season. However, it is never too early to begin looking at the upcoming offseason. L.A. is going to look to be aggressive once again as they try to form another dynasty and Buddy Hield could be a name to keep an eye on.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis form one of the most lethal duos that the league has seen in recent history. But, they could use more quality fits around them.
Hield could be an ideal trade target for the Lakers this offseason. He is a deadly shooter and would be able to focus on spotting up and knocking down open looks off of passes from James. That kind of role would suit him perfectly.
Bleacher Report suggested that the Lakers should look into trading for Hield and they gave a short reasoning why.
If L.A. puts a priority on shooting, Hield would zoom to the top of the list. His lack of shot-creation keeps him out of that spot here, but it’s easy to envision his quality-plus-quantity shot—2.7 career threes per game at a 41.1 percent clip—shining alongside Hollywood’s stars.
During the 2019-20 NBA season with the Kings, Hield ended up averaging 19.2 points per game to go along with 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He shot 42.9 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 39.4 percent of his three-point attempts.
At 27 years old, Hield is in his prime and would be worth a shot for the Lakers. Adding more shooting should be a priority for Los Angeles after the team whiffed on the signings of Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith.
JJ Redick is another name that has come up as a potential trade target for the Lakers. Either Redick or Hield would fit the need the Lakers have.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see what the offseason holds for the Lakers. Buddy Hield seems likely to be placed on the trade block. Assuming that happens, Hield to the Lakers makes a lot of sense.