2 Obvious, 2 subtle moves Darvin Ham must make to turn Lakers into legit contenders

There are some obvious and subtle decisions Ham can make to level this team up.

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Obvious: Remove Dinwiddie from rotation

Leading up to the trade deadline, it was clear that the Lakers could stand to make some kind of move to get ahead in the stacked Western Conference. Many were hoping for a ground-breaking addition like a Dejounte Murray or an Alex Caruso, but management ended up deciding to play it safe and save any potential big moves for the offseason.

Instead, LA made a small play in signing Spencer Dinwiddie from the buyout market. Many had excitement for the move, even though it was clearly not any kind of big addition. An experienced backup point guard was likely to provide a boost.

Gabe Vincent has been out for almost the entire season. With the hole that his absence has created, getting another ball handler in the mix seemed like a good idea, if for no other reason than to have an additional player to throw at opposing teams. But unfortunately, Dinwiddie has severely underperformed expectations to this point.

In 23.9 minutes per night, Spencer is putting up an average of 5.4 points and shooting a dismal 37% from the floor. He has not been anything resembling a productive ball handler, and the Lakers would do best to extract Dinwiddie from the rotation sooner rather than later.