Even though the Lakers have become the defending champions, it’s always a good idea to continue to improve your team. With the hopes of repeating this past season’s performance, that’s exactly what they seem to be up to. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the San Antonio Spurs and Lakers could become trade partners.
In O’Conner’s NBA Draft Guide, he mentions how the Spurs are looking to ship out DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. It’s rumored that the former has drawn trade interest from the Lakers for a package containing Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green. Kuzma and Green faced a lot of scrutiny from the Lakers’ fanbase after they didn’t perform to expectations during the team’s playoff run.
DeRozan is coming off of a year in which he averaged 22.1 points, 5.5 total rebounds, 5.6 assists, and a 53.1 field goal percentage in 68 games. That kind of production would be a welcome addition alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The 31-year old shooting guard’s contract is up after the 2020-21 season but so is Danny Green’s and the Lakers may not be keen on re-signing Kuzma longterm.
It’s unaware of how deep the interest is for both parties. For the Lakers, this may be a trade worth taking as DeRozan is playoff-tested and would be a drastic improvement of Green and Kuzma. A big three of LeBron, AD, and DeRozan would strengthen the Lakers’ chances of defending their title next season.