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NBA insider reveals Los Angeles Lakers transfer targets

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The Los Angeles Lakers began their offseason as usual, hoping to make several significant improvements to a roster that was falling short of its goals. But after signing Dalton Knecht and Bronny James in the 2024 NBA Draft, the Lakers have been largely quiet on the free agency front, although it wasn't for a lack of trying.

After missing out on players like Klay Thompson, Jonas Valanciunas and possibly DeMar DeRozan next, the Lakers must now focus on their next targets. But who is even available on the NBA's transfer list?

According to Jovan Buha, NBA insider at The Athletic, the Lakers have already discussed trades for several other players, including Jerami Grant, Kyle Kuzma, Dorian Finney-Smith and Cam Johnson.

“As I've reported here and at The Athletic, four names that have been consistently linked to the Lakers on the transfer market are Jerami Grant, Kyle Kuzma, Dorian Finney-Smith and Cam Johnson. And as I recently reported at The Athletic, I've heard that the Lakers have been in transfer talks with Portland, Brooklyn and Utah, among others, in recent days. So the talks with Portland and Brooklyn would be consistent with the fact that those players are on the transfer market, and at this point it's about haggling over the selection and the players involved.”

Jovan Buha on transfer rumors and targets of the Los Angeles Lakers

None of these players would necessarily make headlines for the Lakers, but each has a purpose. The Lakers already have two star players in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and while they have tried to sign another, bolstering the roster with influential supporting players can be just as effective.

Kuzma, in particular, is an interesting target. Not only has he already played for the Lakers, but he would also add a good mix of offense and defense to JJ Redick's rotation and provide length thanks to his 6'1″ frame. Not to mention, the Wizards are planning a rebuild and Kuzma, as a 28-year-old, doesn't fit into their schedule.

While these are just talks at this point, it's only a matter of time before Lakers GM Rob Pelinka makes a few deals this summer. At least we now know who the Lakers have been negotiating trades for. Whether they can reach an agreement remains to be seen.

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