3 Low-cost trade targets Los Angeles Lakers would benefit from acquiring

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of an uneventful period of free agency. What trades might still be available to the Lakers for an affordable cost?
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Collin Sexton, Utah Jazz

The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to Utah Jazz scoring guard Collin Sexton in trade rumors. It's an interesting development to keep an eye on, as Sexton is a player with injury woes that impact his trade value, and production that has NBA general managers intrigued.

Likely a more affordable target than teammate Lauri Markkanen, Sexton could be an ideal player to bring in as the trade market begins to dry up.

Sexton, 25, missed 71 games in 2021-22 and was absent for another 34 outings in 2022-23. He bounced back in 2023-24 by appearing in 78 of a possible 82 encounters, averaging 18.7 points, 4.9 assists, and 1.6 three-point field goals made in just 26.6 minutes per game.

Those numbers translate to elite figures of 25.3 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.0 three-point field goals made per 36 minutes—on .487/.394/.859 shooting, no less.

Sexton carries a bit of risk given his previous injuries and the fact that he has two seasons remaining on his current contract. He's owed $18,350,000 for the 2024-25 campaign, meaning either a swap for D'Angelo Russell or a deal that intends to keep the All-Star in Los Angeles could be executed.

In pursuit of a productive guard with a team-friendly contract, the Lakers should explore this option thoroughly.