The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the teams included most prominently in NBA trade rumors this offseason. After being eliminated in the first round of the 2021 postseason by the Phoenix Suns, changes are going to be made in Los Angeles.
The team still has LeBron James playing at an all-world level and Anthony Davis as the foundation of the roster. However, they could use some help as their moves last offseason didn’t pan out as expected.
Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell were the team’s biggest acquisitions last offseason. Schroder was acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in trade and Harrell was signed away from the LA Clippers in free agency. Both came up short when the team needed them most, as Schroder disappeared in the postseason and Harrell was out of the rotation by the end.
Schroder is entering free agency and could very well be playing for another team next season. Harrell has a player option for the 2021-22 season he will have to decide on. Without much wiggle room to sign players in free agency, the Lakers will likely have to do the trade route to upgrade the roster.
One player that could be on their radar is Indiana Pacers center, Myles Turner. Turner is being shopped by Indiana and will have a robust market.
The Lakers can put together a strong package that may entice the Pacers to part with their starting center. Let’s take a look at the hypothetical draft-day deal.