After last season’s trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers made significant changes to their roster.
These changes implemented the Lakers’ playoff success, leading to their appearance in the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets. Leading up to the trade deadline, there will be rumors and rumors about some players potentially being traded to the Lakers, but the organization is reportedly reluctant to make any moves. These operations ultimately led to the acquisition of important pieces and new contracts for the 2023-2024 season. After the trade deadline, key pieces like Hachimura, Russell, and Vanderbilt solidified their spots on the roster as key pieces for their run in the 2023 playoffs. Hesitation before the trade deadline With the 2023-2024 regular season well underway and ahead of the trade deadline, the Lakers have had plenty of rumors about traded players. With ups and downs at the start of the season, there has been an inconsistency between the team’s abilities and performances. However, the Lakers are on the rise as they have reinstated key pieces into their lineup, including Vanderbilt and Hachimura. Gabe Vincent has been out for a while, but he is expected to return to the lineup next year. With a 14-9 record in these games and making a statement in the in-season tournament, the Lakers seem cautious and hesitant to make any moves. With injuries and players in and out of the lineup, this has prevented the Lakers from evaluating their roster and experimenting with different lineups. If the right deal comes to the Lakers, the Purple and Gold should explore their opportunities. But with inconsistent lineups, expect the Lakers to take a hesitant approach heading into the trade deadline. Expect them to retain the core roster that took them to the Western Conference Finals last year. And ultimately expect them to keep the role players they added this season (Christian Wood, Cam Reddish, Vincent). The Lakers’ full potential shouldn’t be evaluated until everyone is healthy and in the lineup.