After the NBA lifted the moratorium for trades, the Los Angeles Lakers instantly made a transfer to deal with their want for another shot creator and playmaker. They despatched Danny Green and the draft rights to Jaden McDaniels to the Oklahoma City Thunder to accumulate Dennis Schroder. The arrival of Schroder in Los Angeles is anticipated to ease the masses’ on LeBron James’ shoulders by way of scoring and playmaking.
However, if Schroder did not reside up to expectations and struggled to make himself fit alongside James, the Lakers might search backcourt enchancment earlier than the 2021 trade deadline. One of the potential trade targets for the Purple and Gold is former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers. According to Jake Rogers of NBA Analysis Network, the Lakers might think about sending a bundle that features Schroder and Kyle Kuzma to the Pacers in change for Brogdon, Edmond Summer, and a 2021 first-round decide.
If the deal turns into a actuality, Rogers believes that it will assist each teams in filling out their respective rosters.
“Trading Brogdon and a first-round pick for Kyle Kuzma and Dennis Schroder could be a very intriguing move. Schroder had a breakout season last year with the Thunder, averaging 18.9 points per game to go along with 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds. He shot 46.9 percent from the floor and knocked down 38.5 percent of his three-point attempts. While he is more of a scoring guard, Schroder can create for teammates as well. As for Kuzma, the Pacers would be getting a young stretch forward. He needs to improve his shooting consistency, but there is no doubt about his potential.”
Meanwhile, the proposed situation would undeniably be very useful for the Lakers. Brogdon would give them a transparent improve over Schroder on the point guard place. While Schroder spent the final two seasons coming off the bench, Brogdon was a everlasting starter on his final two teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Pacers. Also, final 12 months, he grew right into a extra dependable playmaker.
In the 54 games he performed for the Pacers, Brogdon averaged 16.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and seven.1 assists whereas shooting 43.8 p.c from the sphere and 32.6 p.c from past the arc, in accordance with ESPN. At 6-foot-5, he’s additionally extra able to defending a number of positions. Other thanm Brogdon, the Lakers might additionally look to accumulate another backcourt prospect in Summer and a future first-rounder that they might use in a separate deal to additional solidify their championship core.