Lakers News: Could the Los Angeles Lakers pursue a JJ Redick trade this offseason?
The Los Angeles Lakers‘ current goal is to continue their trek in the NBA Playoffs and bring home championship number 17 from the most magical place on Earth, Disney World. While the team does that, the front office might already be gearing up for what will be a fast-paced offseason.
Win or lose, the Lakers should be looking to make improvements in the offseason. If you are not getting better in the NBA then you are getting worse and Rob Pelinka understands that. There will be player movement in the offseason, that is a guarantee.
Part of that player movement is potential trades and there have been some really interesting possible fits that have emerged in the conversation. Most recently, veteran shooting guard JJ Redick has emerged as a potential dream trade target for the Lakers.
Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report named one potential dream trade target for every NBA team and Redick earned the honor for the Lakers. Redick is currently a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, has one more year left on his deal and missed the NBA Playoffs for the first time in his career this season.
The Lakers could help restart a new streak and it would be the perfect place for him to play. First off, he is already very familiar with Los Angeles and there would not be as big of a lifestyle transition. Second, Redick’s playoff experience and elite three-point shooting make him a perfect fit on the Lakers.
Redick shot 45.3 percent from beyond the arc this season and is a career 41.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc. Imagine that alongside LeBron James.
Lakers News: Is a trade for JJ Redick possible?
A trade for JJ Redick absolutely is possible but it would take one of two things: the team would have to either trade Danny Green or would have to get Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to agree to a sign-and-trade of sorts with his player option.
Dealing Green is the most likely outcome but would it be worth it for the Pelicans? I think so. The Lakers could get creative with the deal and remove one of the protections on a future pick that the Pelicans own in exchange for a Green-Redick swap.
The Pelicans would get someone who would help out defensively that might not be as good of a scorer as Redick but can hold his own hitting shots when he is hot. Meanwhile, the Lakers would make an undeniable upgrade in three-point shooting.
Would this be worth it? Do you want to see the team trade for JJ Redick? Let us know in the comments down below.