5 Shooters the Los Angeles Lakers can still target this offseason

The Los Angeles Lakers desperately need to improve from beyond the arc. Thankfully, there are still options to improve in 2024.
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Gary Trent Jr., UFA

Easily the most intriguing option on this list, Gary Trent Jr. is somehow still an unrestricted free agent. A sharpshooting wing who has shown flashes of defensive excellence, Trent could be the 3-and-D player that the Los Angeles Lakers need along the perimeter.

Similar to when Malik Monk signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in 2021, Trent could land in Los Angeles and rebuild his reputation to earn more money next summer.

Trent, 25, is expected to sign with a new team as the Toronto Raptors prepare to move forward without him, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN. The Lakers could realistically create the taxpayer mid-level exception, which would enable them to make an offer starting at $5.168 million.

Los Angeles could sign Trent to as long as a three-year contract starting at that figure, but it's more likely that it'd be able to convince him to sign a one-year prove-it deal.

If that works out, the Lakers would be adding an explosive shooting threat who can get hot at any moment. He's averaged 16.2 points and 2.7 three-point field goals made on 38.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc over the past four seasons, recording 19 30-point games and three 40-point eruptions during that time.

If not the mid-level exception, then the Lakers would be wise to pursue a sign-and-trade that could bring Trent to Los Angeles on a long-term deal.