Los Angeles Lakers: 3 cheap trade targets to bolster the defense

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3. Justise Winslow

If Justise Winslow played for any team other than the Los Angeles Clippers then it would be more likely that the Los Angeles Lakers could pry him away in a trade. However, because it is the Lakers’ cross-hall rivals, there could be hesitancy from the Clippers to help the Lakers.

However, there is a reality in which the Clippers continue to fall down the standings as they are one of the most banged-up teams in the league and they trade whatever assets they can. The Lakers are not going to get a top-tier role player from the Clippers but they could get someone like Winslow, who was thrown into a trade as averages just 11 minutes per game for the Clippers.

It is not like these two teams haven’t done business in the recent past. The Lakers made the horrible trade of flipping Ivica Zubac for Mike Muscala. Perhaps the Lakers could entice the Clippers with some second-round picks and a young player like Kendrick Nunn. Although Nunn has not played yet this season, the Clippers could value the ceiling of Nunn and take on the risk.

Regardless, if the Lakers were able to convince the Clippers of a Winslow trade then it would be great business. Winslow is not going to come at a high price but he is someone who can come off the bench and essentially and provide quality minutes as a defensive wing.

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Winslow has a 1.5 DBPM this season in his limited playing time. His three-point shot has been really bad in recent years, which is going to hold him back and is why he would be so cheap, but the Lakers could put him in a lineup around Malik Monk and Wayne Ellington.