There is a point guard trade target for the Los Angeles Lakers that no one is talking about.
The 2020 offseason is in full swing, and Los Angeles Lakers fans are brainstorming how to improve a team that just won the NBA Championship.
Although the Purple and Gold are the early favorites to capture next year’s championship, the roster does have a couple of relative weaknesses.
It’s generally accepted that the biggest need is a ball-handling guard who can push the pace and be that legit third scorer that the team lacked all of this season. The reason for that is that LeBron James is on the verge of turning 36, and he has more mileage than perhaps any 36-year-old in NBA history due to his 10 trips to the NBA Finals.
Much of the trade buzz surrounding possibly acquiring such a player centers around Chris Paul, who has been one of the best, if not the best pure point guard for at least a portion of the past dozen years or so.
As great as he is (and to be clear, he’s always been one of my favorite players), he does come with many risks, which I covered in a recent article.
Another rumored target is Derrick Rose, who not too long ago won the NBA MVP. But he also carries some risks as well, namely the fact that he’s still somewhat injury-prone.
There are also whispers about Victor Oladipo, who’s always been an excellent player at both ends of the floor, but has struggled to return to form over a year after a serious knee injury.
So if all three of them are too risky for a team that’s not exactly desperate anymore, who should the Lakers go after?
Enter Dennis Schroder.