Los Angeles Lakers: Three shooting guard trade candidates

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2.) JJ Redick

With the Pelicans near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, No. 1 pick Zion Williamson having yet to take the court, and players like Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart underperforming relative to expectations, it’s safe to say the team’s season has not gone according to plan.

With no playoff aspirations in sight, David Griffin would be wise to start shipping off his most valuable assets to add to what is already an impressive collection of draft picks and young talent. One player that stands out as getable for the Lakers is sharpshooter JJ Redick, who signed with the Pelicans this past offseason.

Redick’s 3-point shooting would be huge for a team lacking in that department, and having Danny Green already in the mix will allow the team to cover for Redick on the defensive end. The Lakers are in an interesting position to trade for Redick since they already owe basically every first round pick to the Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade, and can negotiate softening some of the protections on the later picks in a hypothetical deal.

Money wise, the team can send out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma to match Redick’s salary, or the team can send rookie Talen Horton-Tucker instead if the Pelicans are interested in his potential. Given the trade history between these two, as well as the history between David Griffin and LeBron James, it’s not crazy to think that these two teams can meet at the table once more.