The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to upgrade by any means necessary before the trade deadline passes this season. This year has been extremely disappointing for the Lakers and the disappointment has no signs of slowing down with LeBron James now dealing with a knee injury.
The problem for the Lakers is that the avenues of improvement are not as prominent as the team would have hoped. Talen Horton-Tucker does not appear to have as much trade value as the team thought and there is a slim to zero chance that the team can convince a team to take on Russell Westbrook.
Thus, the Lakers might have to improve will smaller moves that otherwise would go under the radar. While the players in return in these deals typically are not the best, the Lakers are desperate for something to click.
Perhaps Rob Pelinka targets former Los Angeles Lakers to make that happen.
It became a trend in the offseason for Pelinka to bring back former Lakers. Trevor Ariza, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore and Avery Bradley all had prior stints with the team and returned to the Lakers this season.
If Pelinka wants to continue that trend, there are two options that would be obtainable for the Lakers that Pelinka could consider.