Los Angeles Lakers: 3 players the organization should not trade

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The Los Angeles Lakers are involved in multiple trade rumors, but these three players, in addition to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, should not be traded away.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned in a lot of trade rumors in recent weeks. The team leads the Western Conference, but if they are going to remain there and take home a title, there are some specific needs the team has to address.

Some bench help, specifically players that can get their own shot, is near the top of that list. If that player is a point guard, it is even better.

The team can also use another defender on the wing. They are patiently waiting on Andre Iguodala to be bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies, but they have remained steadfast in looking for trade compensation in return for Iguodala.

However, completing a trade is not going to be an easy thing for the Lakers to accomplish. They have a full roster and their most attractive trade piece, Kyle Kuzma, is still on his rookie contract.

That makes it difficult for the organization to match up salaries when acquiring players, as some of the players that have been connected to the Lakers, such as Derrick Rose and Robert Covington, make significantly more money than Kuzma.

While some upgrades would be good, the Lakers should have some players off-limits in trade talks. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are atop that list. They are going nowhere as the pillars and cornerstones of the franchise. They should not be the only players the team holds onto.

Here are three more players that the Lakers should not trade before the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday afternoon.