May 27, 2024

The Los Angeles Lakers are actively exploring trade options ahead of the upcoming NBA trade deadline on February 8, with a particular focus on strengthening their defensive capabilities. According to sources within the team, there is a heightened emphasis on acquiring a defensive wing before the deadline, acknowledging the need for consistency in performance, energy, effort, and playing rotations.

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With standout defender Jarred Vanderbilt sidelined due to a foot injury, the Lakers are keen on adding defensive prowess to their roster. Prospective options include Dorian Finney-Smith and Royce O’Neale from the Brooklyn Nets, along with Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray. The Lakers are reportedly considering these players, recognizing their 3-and-D capabilities, with Finney-Smith boasting a 38.3 percent three-point shooting and O’Neale at 36.4 percent.

NBA insider Jake Fischer revealed that the Lakers and the Utah Jazz are the only teams making substantial offers for Dejounte Murray. Bruce Brown was initially linked to the Lakers, but talks with the Toronto Raptors seem to have been temporarily put on hold.

The Lakers, currently holding a 26-25 record and sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference, are facing pressure to make impactful moves for the remainder of the season and beyond. Despite LeBron James’ apparent attempts to apply pressure, the organization has not internally reacted, maintaining focus on their trade objectives. The team has one more game before the trade deadline against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, with potential roster changes anticipated before their subsequent game on February 8.

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