2. Bruce Brown
Toronto forward Bruce Brown can be another intriguing trade option. The Lakers have shown interest in Brown for some time now. They tried to sign Brown in free agency this past year before he agreed to a two-year, $45 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. Los Angeles aimed to lock down Brown with their mid-level exception but he clearly opted for the larger deal.
Brown was an integral member of the Denver Nuggets' championship roster last year. He put up 12 points, four rebounds, and shot 51% from the field during the 2023 Playoffs. Brown was recently shipped to the Toronto Raptors in a deal that sent Pascal Siakam to the Indiana Pacers. It was reported the Los Angeles tried to acquire Brown again around this time.
The Raptors are looking to rebuild but Brown doesn't want to be a part of that process. He wants to be on a team that has championship aspirations.
NBA reporter Marc Stein has stated that Toronto seeks a first-round pick and a young player in exchange for Brown.
Despite being listed at 6-foot-4, Brown plays bigger than his size. The University of Miami product is an effective 3&D player and does a great job on the glass. The 27-year-old will constantly cut to the rim for easy looks but will knock down jumpers from the perimeter when needed.
Brown also plays the game with a chip on his shoulder and could provide the Lakers with some more toughness. As the season progresses, those are the kind of players you want on your side. Brown would give Los Angeles a valuable asset on the wing.