3 Trade deadline moves that would boost Lakers, 2 they must avoid

The Lakers need to upgrade their roster before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

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Move to boost Lakers: Find a shot creator

They added Gabe Vincent in free agency this summer and envisioned a significant role after he helped the Heat reach the NBA Finals in 2023. Instead, he has played in just five games and is currently recovering from a knee surgery. The Lakers cannot wait. They desperately need another shot creator on their roster and should look to flip Vincent’s contract into a productive option.

LeBron leads the Lakers by averaging 7.7 assists in 34.7 minutes per game. That is a massive workload for a 39-year-old who has played two decades in the NBA. D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves are both averaging over five dimes each night, but neither is a true point guard. The Lakers need someone to create offense.

Los Angeles would love to add some quickness and downhill playmaking ability to their roster. A speedy guard who can attack the rim and kick out to shooters. Dennis Schroder has played that role in recent years and could be an option if the Raptors decide to enter a complete roster teardown.

The Lakers should be in the market for a point guard. Someone who LeBron trusts to take the pressure off him. Several shot creators will be available, and Rob Pelinka must acquire someone.