3 Trades the Lakers Must Pursue After JJ Redick Hiring

Now that the head coach hire is done, it's time the Los Angeles Lakers rebuild their roster on the trade market.
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Dorian Finney-Smith

As the final move in our reshaping of the roster, the Los Angeles Lakers bring in a veteran two-way forward. Dorian Finney-Smith spent the last 1.5 seasons with the Brooklyn Nets after being traded there as part of the Kyrie Irving trade. The 31-year-old is a solid three-and-D wing with an ability to knock down open shots and defend multiple positions.

The Nets aren't going anywhere and Finney-Smith doesn't fit their timeline. They should be willing to part ways with him for a couple of second-round picks to go with the salaries of Gabe Vincent and recent first-round pick Jalen Hood-Schifino.

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Finney-Smith provides more size, physicality, and veteran competence to this team. He has been to the Conference Finals with the Dallas Mavericks and has extensive experience playing next to ball-dominant stars like Luka Doncic. He should have no problem fitting in Los Angeles.

After these trades, the Lakers would have a starting lineup of Dejounte Murray, Deni Avdija, Dorian Finney-Smith, Lebron James, and Anthony Davis. There are some shooting and creation concerns here but the defensive upside of that group is off the charts. Plus, by keeping D'Angelo Russell or signing another bench scorer, the Lakers could alleviate some of those offensive concerns.

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