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This win-win Spurs trade would help Lakers' abysmal shooting

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The Spurs have the shooting the Lakers need

Although the Spurs are light on shooting, now isn't the time to be selfish. They have also made it known that they're willing to make a trade with the Lakers. The Lakers would likely be receptive to offers since they desperately need shooting and their defense isn't going to be much better either. While they'd probably prefer a more minor deal to acquire a shooter, they don't have much in the way of trade filler.

That means they'd have to trade a key player such as Patrick Beverley or package Kendrick Nunn and a couple of others to get a key player in return. That comes with its own issues since Nunn could help them this season. Most teams, including the Spurs, can't take on two additional players due to roster limits. That means that if the Lakers want to improve their shooting, they'll have to finally move Westbrook.

While it still might be a while before a deal gets done, the Lakers continuing to struggle from the floor as the season goes on might increase their urgency for a trade like this:

This Spurs-Lakers trade would be Doug McDermott, Josh Richardson, and Jakob Poeltl for Westbrook and the Lakers' 2027 and 2029 first-round picks. Ironically, I suggested a similar trade earlier this year, minus Poeltl, and it seemed possible but unlikely. Now, it seems much more realistic and necessary for the Lakers. McDermott is one of the best shooters in the NBA, not just from three but also inside the arc, while Richardson is another high-volume marksman.

He's also a good defender and has some ability to create off the dribble, but both his and McDermott's jobs would simply be to keep defenders honest and keep teams from packing the paint on James' drives and Davis's post-ups. They're both overqualified to do so. As for Poeltl, I've been banging the drum about his fit with the Lakers.

He's an elite offensive rebounder who can reclaim some of those bricks that their shooters put up and is one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA. He'd help James and others create space with hard screens and has both excellent hands and a nice touch around the basket, allowing him to finish just about every pass tossed to him when he dives into the paint.

So, given recent events, should we expect a trade like this to happen eventually?

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