Players the LA Lakers should target: Buddy Hield
The first player that the Lakers should target on the trade market is Buddy Hield.
Hield is a very realistic trade piece for the Lakers to acquire. Throughout the season, he has expressed his frustration with Sacramento’s coaching and management. With the Lakers having one of the best and most tight-knit organizations in the entire league, it is almost certain that these problems would not arise in Los Angeles.
A probable trade package that would be more than enough to get Hield onto the team would be Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, and their 28th overall 2020 pick or a protected future pick.
With this package, it would allow the Lakers to avoid spending around $15 million on Danny Green, along with not having to give Kyle Kuzma a big extension when his rookie contract runs out.
However, there are a couple of downsides that would come with trading for Hield. He signed a four-year, $94 million extension this season with the Kings. This would more or less tie up the Lakers’ cap in the foreseeable future with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Buddy Hield eating up almost all of the cap.
On the court, Hield would bring a lot to the Lakers and would be a player that could finally fill the role as the third option. Along with this, he would fill in a lot of holes that were made clear in the playoffs.
Something that the Lakers lacked during their playoff run was a sharpshooter. That was a role that was supposed to be filled by Danny Green, but he was historically inaccurate from three during the NBA Finals.
Hield would be a more expensive investment than what the Lakers are paying Green for, however, Hield has proved himself as a consistent shooter with seemingly limitless range and has made great improvements as a defender.
Lastly, while Hield did get the long term and lucrative contract extension he was looking for, the contract is set up in a way that he makes less money each year the contact goes on. This will allow the Lakers more flexibility in free agency each year that Hield is kept on the team.