The Los Angeles Lakers have a chance to trade for a two-way guard, but he doesn’t seem to be the best option for the team. According to experts, the Lakers wouldn’t trade a first-round pick to get him.
NBA champion 6th Man Bruce Brown makes sense for the Lakers. However, the front office has a second thought about this trade.
“The Lakers have the future first-round pick Toronto desires for Brown but is hesitant to part with it because Brown is not viewed as the final piece to a championship Lakers puzzle, though he’d make the team better,” Hoopshype’s Michael Scotto reported on the morning of the February 8 trade deadline.
Matt Moore from Action Network reported that the Lakers removed Brown from their trade equation.
The Toronto Raptors had an interesting asking price for Brown. The New York Knicks are ready to give out their 2024 first-rounder to get the guard. Toronto would gladly choose Brown over a draft pick.
Lakers may opt for another scenario, pass the trade for the talented guard
Lakers players don’t pay too much attention to outside noise. They are focused on their season. Players have won 8 of the last 12 games and yes, the roster looks pretty neat right now. In other words, Rob Pelinka may keep his roster intact without adding new names to it. Does this mean keeping D’Angelo Russell? Of course it does.
Russell is the perfect trade asset for the Lakers. He waived his no-trade clause last summer which makes him eligible for a trade. Russell looks good right now and the Lakers have a few reasons to keep him around.
Gabe Vincent is another trade asset for the team. Once again, analysts believe the Lakers will finish the season with the current roster.
Winning games is a priority right now and the Lakers are definitely winning. Let’s hope this trend continues. They need to repair the damage and stay healthy. Let’s see what happens after the deadline.