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Five Lakers Trade Targets Who Could Salvage the Season

The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled mightily this season and are 22-22 through 44 games. The team’s Big Three of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis has not fit well together and the roster needs a major shakeup if Frank Vogel’s squad plans to make any noise in the postseason. The problem is, the Lakers don’t have a ton of assets other NBA teams would be excited out. Still, something could be worked out.

Both Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn could entice teams, and the Lakers have some second-round draft picks to deal, a $4.4 million trade exception and future first-rounders as well. It’s not much, but with some clever maneuvering, a deal could be had. What follows is a list of five players the Lakers could acquire to help turn around their season.

The Lakers are interested in Gordon and he’d instantly become one of the team’s best players. While he’s 33 and no longer in his prime, Gordon is a career 37.2 percent 3-point shooter and is hitting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc this season. He’s only playing 29.3 minutes per game but is averaging 14.9 points per game for the Houston Rockets. He’s due to make $19.6 million next season, and the Rockets are looking to move his deal.

Gordon would likely come for a reasonable price and give the Lakers some scoring punch on the wing, though he wouldn’t provide much defensively. He’d fit well with James and Westbrook as a floor-spacer. If the Lakers are going to win this season they’ll have to outscore people. Gordon could help in that effort.

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