Dorian Finney-Smith and Royce O'Neale among Lakers trade targets
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Amidst NBA trade season, the Lakers are showing interest in Dorian Finney-Smith and Royce O’Neale, per Jovan Buha.
Buha mentioned Finney-Smith and O’Neale as players that LA’s front office has been interested in the past. The two Brooklyn Nets forwards are quality 3&D wings that could make an impact in the LakeShow’s rotation.
Finney-Smith is averaging 9/5/1, shooting 42.5% from the field and 40.1% from three. The 30-year-old forward has three years remaining on a four-year $55 million deal.
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Finney-Smith plays elite defense with the capability to guard the opposing team’s best forward. On offense, he can space the floor at an elite clip. Playing great defense would fit Darvin Ham’s scheme, and his three-point shooting ability alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis would help with the offense.
O’Neale is a similar player to Finney-Smith but would come at a cheaper price. The 30-year-old forward is in the final year of his $9.5 million deal.
O’Neale averaged 7/5/3, shooting 38.5% from the floor and 36.8% from downtown. The veteran forward would be a solid forward off the bench.
The Lakers' are targeting three-point shooting, perimeter speed, athleticism, and two-way play per Jovan Buha. Finney-Smith or O’Neale could be impactful role players as 3&D wings.