Lakers Get Lucky With Perfect Buyout Target After Disappointing Trade Deadline

After not making a trade ahead of Thursday's deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers could look to add Spencer Dinwiddie from the buyout market.
Feb 5, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) warms up
Feb 5, 2024; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) warms up / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers surprisingly did not make any trades on Thursday after being linked to Atlanta Hawks combo guard Dejounte Murray.

Chris B. Haynes of Bleacher Report tweeted on Thursday ahead of the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, that the Lakers' probable path is standing pat with the potential to acquire another star player in the offseason as they have three first-round picks.

That being said, if the Lakers want to make a late-season upgrade to their roster, they’ll have to do it via the buyout market. Anthony F. Irwin reported on Thursday afternoon that there’s some initial optimism within the Lakers’ organization to land Spencer Dinwiddie. He adds that LA will “push hard” to sign him.

Dinwiddie was traded on Thursday from the Brooklyn Nets to the Toronto Raptors. However, the Raptors plan to waive the veteran point guard, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 30-year-old point guard has struggled offensively this season, scoring 12.6 points per game on 39.1% shooting from the field and 32% from deep. However, Dinwiddie is also averaging six dimes per game. 

If the Lakers signed Dinwiddie, he would be a solid backup option behind starting point guard D’Angelo Russell, who has been up and down this season. Nonetheless, Los Angeles will have some competition for Dinwiddie as other contenders could offer him more minutes.

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