5 Players Still on the Trade Block the Lakers Should Target

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly active on the trade market. Here are five players on the trade block that they can target.
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Collin Sexton

The Utah Jazz are expected to be one of the busiest teams on the trade market. They are taking their rebuilding slow and are looking to be sellers rather than buyers. One of the players who will draw a ton of interest from other teams including the Lakers is dynamic guard Collin Sexton.

In the 2023-24 season, Sexton had a massive bounce-back season. After struggling with injuries for a few seasons, he was healthy the entire year, played 78 games, and averaged 18.7 points and 4.9 assists per game in only 26.6 minutes of action.

What makes Sexton an attractive target for the Lakers is his ability to play both on and off the ball. He can shoot the three and space the floor for his teammates when he doesn't have the ball. At the same time, he can run the pick-and-roll, make plays, and create his own shot, when he is the featured guard.

At age 25, Sexton is nearing the prime of his career and he is on a team-friendly deal for two more seasons. The Lakers can do much worse than bringing the former Alabama star in.

Lauri Markkanen

The dream trade scenario for the Lakers, however, would be a different Jazz player. Utah is officially listening to offers on Markkanen but Los Angeles likely doesn't have enough assets to pull this off.

Trading for Markkanen would likely require every asset the Lakers have. The only way this would be possible is if the Jazz were particularly high on Austin Reaves and if the Lakers were willing to part ways with the young guard.

LeBron-Markkanen-Davis frontcourt would easily be the best frontcourt in the league but as things stand now, it will likely only stay as a pipe dream for the Lakers.