5 Most likely Los Angeles Lakers to be traded during the 2024 offseason

With limited flexibility in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to upgrade the roster via trade. Who are the most likely Lakers to be included in potential trade discussions?
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3. D'Angelo Russell

The notion that D'Angelo Russell is a lock to be traded if he opts into his contract should be explored more thoroughly. Russell and former head coach Darvin Ham didn't exactly see eye to eye, and it's fair to surmise that a different coach could help the former All-Star find his postseason form.

In the event that Russell accepts his $18,692,307 player option, however, there will likely be a market for his services on the trade front—and the Los Angeles Lakers will likely entertain offers.

Much like Hachimura and Reaves, Russell is primarily on the trading block because of his contract. Matching salaries is perhaps the most challenging aspect of any trade, and the Lakers lack the flexibility to pick and choose between team-friendly deals.

As such, Russell being paid an affordable and expiring figure would make him a top target for countless teams that are in need of a point guard.

Trading Russell's expiring contract could potentially save the Lakers from having to ship out either Hachimura or Reaves. Losing one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA, as well as one of the most productive point guards, simply wouldn't be as easy to stomach as some might suggest.

For perspective, only three players averaged at least 15.0 points and 5.0 assists per game while knocking down at least 200 three-point field goals on 40.0 percent shooting or better from beyond the arc: Jalen Brunson, Stephen Curry, and Russell.

Don't be so quick to write him off, but also don't be surprised if he opts in and is soon thereafter traded.