Los Angeles Lakers: Why the Lakers should explore trading Danny Green

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3. The Los Angeles Lakers are bound to make a trade this offseason, anyway

If there is one thing that we have learned about the NBA, especially in the last 10 years in this new era of the game, it is that nothing is concrete. Player movement is more prominent than any other league and teams will make trades when we least expect them.

We have reasons to expect the Lakers to make a trade in the offseason. First and foremost, every LeBron James-led team experiences some sort of shake-up year to year and if the team falls short in the playoffs then you can bet that it will continue that tradition.

Second is the idea that if you are not getting better then you are getting worse. The Lakers have a late first-round draft pick and no real cap space to sign a difference-maker in free agency. Their only methods would be the veteran minimum and mid-level exception.

That opens the door for trade possibilities and nobody outside of LeBron and Anthony Davis are safe, even Kuzma. Because of the two reasons outlined earlier, Danny Green will naturally become the player that the Lakers are shopping around on the market and trying to build a package around.

They won’t get much for Green straight-up, but they can package him with Kuzma, Talen Horton-Tucker or even the 2020 draft pick (which they can do, it just officially can’t be traded until after the selection is made) to bring in a new, dynamic face.

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Even if the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Championship I do not think the team is going to be complacent and simply stay in place. Some sort of change is bound to happen, at least that is what history has told us.