2 players who would be perfect trade targets for the Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are steamrolling through the NBA.
Though many predicted that LeBron James and Anthony Davis would be the best duo in the league, few could have expected the Lakers to jump out to the NBA’s best record at 21-3 (entering play on Wednesday night). Both James and Davis have dominated, while veteran signings like Danny Green and Dwight Howard have played their respective roles to perfection.
Of course, that does not mean that general manager Scott Pelinka will not consider every possible move that might help the Lakers realize their full championship potential.
Here are two players who could be perfect trade targets for the Lakers:
Covington has a team-friendly contract ($25 million over the next two seasons), can shoot the ball from the perimeter and also help out on the glass.
Sounds like a perfect fit, right?
There is a real chance that the Minnesota Timberwolves look to sell by the February trade deadline, and Covington is one of their more valuable assets.
Covington is an improvement over Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who is actually having a decent season but is a bad individual defender and affects the game in fewer ways than Covington. He would also give the Lakers a bona fide starter that head coach Frank Vogel could mix-and-match with the starters as well as the second unit, depending on whether he wants to use “big” or “small” lineups.
Would the Lakers be able to put together a suitable package? They would likely have to get rid of a number of future firsts, which could actually be more valuable depending on the futures of LeBron and AD.
Caldwell-Pope could go the other way as a filler, given that he only has one more year left at a lesser annual value than Covington. He is also a few years younger. However, he does have a no-trade clause.
Regardless, Covington would be an upgrade at the wing spot especially as Kyle Kuzma battles through an injury-riddled season.
Dragic is having a fantastic season for a Heat team that is exceeding expectations, so Miami may not feel comfortable dealing him, especially to another contender.
However, there are still concerns about Dragic’s health, and the Heat may face the reality of trading either him or Justise Winslow. Given that Dragic will be a free agent at the end of the season, he seems like the more likely trade asset, in spite of Winslow’s injuries and inefficiencies.
This is a deal that might be as hard as the Covington move, mostly because of Dragic’s salary and no-trade clauses. Ideally, the teams would swap point guards (Rondo and Dragic) while KCP would also go to Miami along with a filler and maybe draft picks.
Dragic would be the perfect backcourt scoring threat to compliment LeBron and AD, but there are plenty of obstacles to bringing him to L.A.
In fact, the Lakers’ financial situation as well as the no-trade clauses make any deal unlikely. Nevertheless, Covington and Dragic are intriguing.