Report: Lakers "Surely" Looking At Trading For One Of These 4 Off Guards


The Los Angeles Lakers' season continues to spiral out of control, losers now of 6 of their last 7 games, as the heat ramps up for the front office to do something—anything—to turn this thing around. John Hollinger of The Athletic has the latest trade rumors surrounding the purple and gold.

Surely they are making calls about guards who can play off the ball, such as Portland’s Norman Powell, San Antonio’s Derrick White and Boston’s Marcus Smart, but they may need to set their sights a bit lower.

Powell is putting up another strong season, having just signed a huge contract with Portland in the offseason. He becomes eligible to be traded as of January 15th. Powell is averaging 18.4 points and shooting 40% from three. 

Derrick White is posting 14.3 points and 5.3 assists per game for the San Antonio Spurs, while Marcus Smart is a tough, veteran presence at both ends of the floor. 

Hollinger goes on to suggest the Atlanta Hawks' Bogdan Bogdanovic would make for an interesting trade piece for the Lakers to target, as well. "Despite his struggles (this season), Bogie would be a near-perfect fit as an off-ball sniper in L.A., and at a much higher level than the Ellingtons and Monks the Lakers currently employ in that role."

For the Lakers to match salaries and pull off any of these trades, they will have to part with 21-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn (who has yet to play this season due to a knee bone bruise), and likely their 2027 first-round pick. 

As the trade deadline approaches on Feb. 15th, the pressure on the Lakers to make some kind of move will undoubtedly continue to mount.

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