The Los Angeles Lakers are clearly a team that needs to make some sort of move in preparation for the return of Anthony Davis from a foot injury. They have the ability to get to the playoffs this year and are only a few games out of the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.
It has long been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have been interested in DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic. Here’s a potential blockbuster trade that would help the Los Angeles Lakers land both Chicago Bulls stars.
The Los Angeles Lakers Receive: DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic
Chicago Bulls Receive: Russell Westbrook, 2027 First-Round Pick (LAL), 2029 First-Round Pick (LAL)
This trade could potentially have benefits for both teams, and perhaps it could end up being a win-win move. Here is why the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls should both make this deal.
It was recently reported that the Los Angeles Lakers are still exploring trades for Russell Westbrook, and it is clear that there is still potential for a big move before the trade deadline. This trade with the Chicago Bulls is the sort of move that can be a legitimate difference-maker for them, as they would be getting two immediate impact players that can contribute to winning basketball immediately.
DeMar DeRozan is obviously the main draw here. Throughout his career, DeRozan has developed a reputation as an elite point forward with playmaking ability. Last season, he even garnered some consideration in the MVP race while the Chicago Bulls were a top-tier seed. On the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMar DeRozan would likely be one of the main shot creators in the fourth quarter and give the team another consistent ballhandler and dynamic offensive threat. His lack of 3PT shooting is something to watch out for, but DeMar DeRozan can, at times, hit wide-open shots from catch-and-shoot positions. The lack of spacing is definitely a risk, but it is clear that the offensive gravity and shot creation he provides is absolutely worth it.