As much as LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers need to add in a few major pieces to shake up their roster, the harsh reality for them is that they currently do not have too many trade assets to go by. Their tank isn't exactly empty, but let's just say that making some major moves via trade this offseason could pose a real challenge for them.
An anonymous NBA executive has weighed in on the Lakers' current situation. Kendrick Nunn and Talen Horton-Tucker are the two players that were identified as LA's most valuable trade assets. Any potential deal will likely involve these two.
Speaking to Sean Deveney of heavy.com, this unnamed source identified three specific players from around the league that could be realistic targets for LA, given their predicament:
“Who could the Lakers target with the pair? It might be tough to get anything done without giving up a future first-rounder, and the Lakers are short in that respect—they can’t trade a pick until 2027, and are reluctant to give up picks that far out. But it won’t be impossible. The exec threw out, hypothetically, Duncan Robinson of the [Miami] Heat, Malik Beasley of the [Minnesota] Timberwolves and Christian Wood of the [Houston] Rockets.”
Wood is probably the name that stands out the most here. He's made some waves in Houston these past couple of years and his arrival in Hollywood would certainly boost the Lakers' frontcourt. The 26-year-old is going to be on an expiring deal, though, so this is something that will need to be considered in a potential trade deal.