Los Angeles Lakers: Three shooting guard trade candidates

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3.) Allonzo Trier

After a relatively successful rookie campaign that saw the 6’4” swingman from Arizona average 10.9 points on 45/39/80 shooting splits, the 2019-2020 season hasn’t been as kind to Allonzo Trier. His numbers are down across the board, as the New York Knicks have been having trouble deciding whether or not they want to compete or rebuild.

This presents the perfect opportunity for the Lakers to make a move for him, given the fact that he’s only averaging 13.3 minutes and is ostensibly at the bottom of the team’s guard depth chart. So given all of this, it’s possible that a change of scenery is just what the 24-year-old needs.

Trier has shown flashes of creating his own shot, and is still a knockdown spot-up shooter, two skills that should both compliment the play styles of LeBron James and Anthony Davis and keep the offense afloat when either one sits.

But perhaps the most intriguing thing about Trier is the fact that he’ll become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, which means the Lakers can match any offer, and go over the cap to re-sign him should he prove to be a good fit.

Salary wise, Trier only makes around $3.5 million, so finding a matching salary for the Lakers should be relatively easy. The bigger question is what the Knicks want, which has been one of the more confusing questions of the decade.