3 High-profile, 2 low-key Lakers offseason targets for 2023

O.G. Anunoby, Toronto Raptors (Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj/Getty Images)
O.G. Anunoby, Toronto Raptors (Photo by Andrew Lahodynskyj/Getty Images) /
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Kristaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Kristaps Porzingis, Washington Wizards

While Anthony Davis held it down at the center spot this season, the combination of AD and KP at the 4 and 5 is too irresistible not to fathom. Porzingis is among the top shooting big men in the league and is coming off of possibly his best season to date. As a 7-3 flame thrower that can also score with his back to the basket and swat shots in the paint like flies in the kitchen, he is the one that revolutionized the “Unicorn” term.

Davis, meanwhile, offers similar unseen abilities and characteristics minus the splashy jumper. The two of them together could truly be a sight to behold if he stays healthy. And, like Johnson, Porzingis is young enough at 27 (28 in August) to grow with this team for years to come. Are Russell, Mo Bamba, and multiple second-round picks enough to get the job done?

OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors

Times are tumultuous in Toronto, and it is time to take action. Nick Nurse is already gone. One thing that is for sure, though, is that this is a franchise in need of a clean slate. With a clean slate come difficult calls, and unloading one of the league’s best young wings is not an easy call to make.

A one-time Lakers target, Anunoby is being targeted by Western Conference teams like Golden State and Portland, both of whom would be willing to trade first-round picks for a player that was on the All-Defensive team this season. The Lakers’ best offer would center around Russell and some spare parts, but that could appeal to the Raptors.