5 Lakers on Thin Ice Heading Into the NBA Draft

The Los Angeles Lakers have a busy offseason on the horizon after last season's shortcomings. As a result, here are five players who are on thin ice ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft.
Rui Hachimura is one of five Lakers who are on thin ice before the NBA Draft.
Rui Hachimura is one of five Lakers who are on thin ice before the NBA Draft. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Christian Wood, PF/SF

Several Lakers deal with injury issues throughout the 2023-24 campaign, including Christian Wood. The 28-year-old veteran — who signed a two-year, $5.7 million contract in September — was limited to just 50 games due to a knee injury and last suited up for Los Angeles on Valentine's Day.

But while some players can make the most of their limited opportunities, that wasn't the case for the ex-UNLV forward. After performing as one of the NBA's best bench players in 2022-23, Wood only averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks on 17.4 minutes of playing time. His efficiency was the worst that it's ever been as he only sunk 46.6% of field goals and 30.7% of three-point attempts.

Wood already looked like he lost a step when he was healthy, so it's only natural that his latest injury issue has Lakers fans concerned about his outlook. He's under contract for $3 million next season and while that isn't a ton of money, he's still occupying a roster spot that could be used on someone healthier and a better fit for Redick's plans.

Whether it's through a trade or a buyout, I can see the Lakers distancing themselves from Wood this summer. He still might be able to be a decent bench contributor elsewhere, but the fit just isn't right in Los Angeles.