4 Lakers Who Will Be Replaced This Offseason

If the Los Angeles Lakers want to return to prominence next season, they must consider replacing these four players this offseason, either through the draft or free agency.
D'Angelo Russell is one of four Lakers who should be replaced this offseason.
D'Angelo Russell is one of four Lakers who should be replaced this offseason. / Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Gabe Vincent, PG/SG

While free agency is one of the most exciting times for NBA enthusiasts, it's also a period where franchises often make mistakes. The Lakers thought they had a steal on their hands when they signed Gabe Vincent to a three-year, $33 million contract last summer, which was a move that only looked worse as the 2023-24 campaign chugged along.

Vincent didn't come close to playing up to his price tag, averaging just 3.1 points, 1.9 assists, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.8 steals while playing nearly 20 minutes per night. It didn't help that his efficiency (or lack thereof) left much to be desired as he shot 30.6% from the field and 10.7% from the three-point line. His putrid 86 offensive rating per 100 possessions only added salt to the wound.

Another red flag was Vincent's availability. Various injuries limited the former UC Santa Barbara product to just 11 regular-season games. Although he was healthy in time for the playoffs, his postseason performance (1.4 PTS/1.6 REB/0.6 AST) indicates that he may not have been 100%.

With two years remaining on his contract, the Lakers will likely look for a trade partner to unload Vincent. His play on both sides of the ball was poor and the fact that he just turned 28 shows that there isn't a ton of room for improvement. It'd be mutually beneficial to move him as a deal would open room for someone who better fits Los Angeles' system while giving Vincent a fresh start.