5 Possible Trade Targets for Los Angeles Lakers to Gamble on This Season

The Los Angeles Lakers need to improve their roster, but sure bets in the NBA are few and far between. That said, there are always gambles to be considered as the trading season heats up.

The first question, of course, is what the Lakers have of value for other teams.

There are some assets in L.A., including expiring contracts, useful role players and future draft picks.

As Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times writes, Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin and Wesley Johnson have no trade restrictions, while Jordan Hill “cannot be traded until Jan. 15” due to intricacies of the collective bargaining agreement and the raise he received in his new contract.

Meanwhile, Carlos Boozer cannot be sent packing because he was acquired via amnesty waivers.

Julius Randle, on the other hand, could be a very enticing prospect for a rebuilding team.

As for potential targets, the Lakers need help across the board, including a starting point guard, a dependable wing and a frontcourt player with an appetite for defense.

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