Lakers interested in Dennis Schroder and Collin Sexton
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The Lakers are looking to add a backup point guard with Dennis Schroder and Collin Sexton as targets. Schroder has had two stints with the Lakers, including being an impact player for them last season.
The 30-year-old guard left LA in free agency, signing a two-year $25 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.
REPORT: The Lakers have interest in bringing back Dennis Schroder, via @espn— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) January 23, 2024
“With the Raptors already completing a trade with the New York Knicks to acquire two ball-dominant players in RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley, Schroder could become expendable.” pic.twitter.com/saSpLvyrCo
Toronto has already been active in the trade market, sending away Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby as they retool their roster around budding star forward Scottie Barnes.
Schroder is a high-quality backup point guard, as he plays well on both ends of the floor. He is averaging 14/3/6 on 45/35/85 shooting splits. Schroder has established chemistry with many players on the roster and would fit well as the backup point guard.
Gabe Vincent was supposed to take on Schroder’s role, but he’s only appeared in six games due to injuries.
If LA can acquire him, he would be a quality backup point guard off the bench behind D’Angelo Russell.
The Purple and Gold are also interested in Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton. Sexton is playing well, averaging 18/3/5 on 49/38/88 shooting splits. The 25-year-old guard has been a very efficient offensive player. While he isn’t a great defensive player, he could be a spark plug for the LakeShow off the bench.
Sexton is in the second year of a four-year $70 million contract. With Sexton under contract for multiple years, the Lakers could have him continue growing as a part of their young core.
The Utah Jazz are being considered both a buyer and seller at this juncture, with ball-handlers Jordan Clarkson, Collin Sexton and Talen Horton-Tucker considered available for trade per @YahooSports— NbaTradeCenter (@nbatradecenter1) January 26, 2024
The Jazz are reportedly making Sexton available at the deadline. LA could offer Gabe Vincent plus a young player like Jalen Hood-Schifino and draft capital for Sexton.
Rob Pelinka and the front office made a trade with the Jazz at the last trade deadline, with the three-team deal that sent D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Jarred Vanderbilt to the Lakers.
They could make another trade at this year’s deadline for Sexton to become the lead guard off the bench.
The LakeShow has different directions they could take at the trade deadline. Pelinka has a lot of work to do in evaluating this roster, but Schroder and Sexton are options for their backup point guard spot.