C Andre Drummond
Another route the Lakers can go if they cannot bring in a superstar next offseason is to acquire on via trade, to at least entice any future targets the team may have. For the Detroit Pistons, it may be time to enter full rebuild mode as the team is not going anywhere in the immediate future.
Detroit does have some promising young pieces, especially in the likes of Luke Kennard, but they are going to have to free up their big contracts and bring in young talent. Luckily for the Pistons, they have a solid center in Andre Drummond that not only can get some great trade value but can open up a good amount of cap space.
For the Lakers, they have multiple different routes and packages they could send the Detroit Pistons. Perhaps Los Angeles can package both Jordan Clarkson and Corey Brewer in a deal along with some future second-round picks. Detroit gets a solid young player in Jordan Clarkson while getting an expiring deal in Brewer.
Or, the Lakers could send the expiring contract of Brook Lopez and a young star such as Julius Randle for Drummond. The sky is the limit for Randle and the Pistons could at least stay relevant for one more season, giving Kennard the exposure he needs.
The Lakers would then be getting an anchor in the middle that could play perfectly alongside a scorer such as Paul George. Drummond has always showcased his presence in the paint as he averaged 13.6 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season.