3 Keldon Johnson trade partners that make sense, 3 that don't

The San Antonio Spurs are struggling and shaking things up by placing Keldon Johnson on the trade block, but which teams make sense as trade partners?

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Doesn't Make Sense: Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers could be one of the most active teams in the trade market. While the Lakers have been struggling since winning the In-season Tournament and are likely to make a trade, they wouldn't make sense as trade partners for the Spurs for a number of reasons.

For one, the Lakers are short on assets, and the ones that they do have are likely reserved for stars. That almost certainly eliminates them from the list of hypothetical candidates to trade for Johnson, though if they strike out on a deal for a star, the Spurs could be an interesting landing spot for D'Angelo Russell.

After all, the Lakers have plenty of size on the perimeter, with LeBron James, Taurean Prince, Rui Hachimura, and Cam Reddish, decreasing the need for a wing such as Johnson on their roster. This is despite Los Angeles having an aging roster and the need for young players on affordable contracts.

Be that as it may, the Spurs and Lakers appear to be unlikely trade partners ahead of next month's trade deadline, so don't expect Johnson to be playing in Los Angeles this season.