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Lakers Rumors: Reporter Pitches 5-Player Trade To Push LA Into Contention

Not everyone at All Lakers believes this deal would quite do that, but it’s a step.

Well, your Los Angeles Lakers aren’t going to be adding now-Dallas Mavericks All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to their roster, at least not this season.

But that doesn’t there isn’t a wide variety of trades LA could make to improve the club in the immediate future, without sacrificing much future flexibility.

Andre’ Snellings of ESPN outlines the framework for just such a transaction in a relatively new piece for the Worldwide Leader In Sports.

In this proposed deal, the Phoenix Suns would receive the $13 million expiring contract of LA defensive stalwart Patrick Beverley and the minimum deals of fringe rotation forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Juan Toscano-Anderson, in exchange for Suns reserve power forward Jae Crowder, who has been away from the team all year while demanding a trade, and reserve point guard Cameron Payne, a better passer and shooter than Beverley prone to erratic offensive output.

Crowder is the kind of floor-spacing, versatile defensive forward who can be an attribute to any playoff team, and started at the four spot on consecutive NBA Finals also-rans in 2020 and 2021.

Now to be fair, this does not represent the kind of deal that, on its own, would restore the Lakers’ status as title favorites. Coupled with a deal that ships out Russell Westbrook’s expiring $47.1 million contract and a draft pick for some higher-quality role players, however, it would certainly help flesh out LA’s roster depth.

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