The perfect Lakers trade offer for Tyus Jones
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The Lakers have fallen from grace since winning the NBA In-Season Tournament. LA is now 21-21 and in 10th place in the Western Conference.
They have been inconsistent since the IST but have won four of their last six games and seem to be figuring it out.
The Lakers could use some depth at the trade deadline, as they have run a nine-man rotation during this recent stretch. A nine-man rotation is short for the regular season, showing the roster needs more depth.
LA needs to make changes to their roster to help propel them to championship contenders.
REPORT: The Washington Wizards are open to trading Tyus Jones.— NBA Buzz (@OfficialNBABuzz) December 30, 2023
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One guard who would be a great fit is Tyus Jones. The Washington Wizards are making Jones available, and he could help LA’s offense improve. Dave McMenamin reported that the Lakers have expressed interest in Jones.
Jones is averaging 13/3/6 with 1.2 steals, shooting 52.1% from the field and 42% from three. The 27-year-old is shooting a high percentage from three and is a great playmaker.
He would fit exceptionally well around LeBron James and Anthony Davis as an elite shooter and playmaker.
With that said, here is the perfect Lakers trade offer for Tyus Jones.
Wizards receive: Gabe Vincent, a 2025 second-round pick (via LAC), and a 2028 first-round pick swap (Wizards get more favorable)
Lakers receive: Tyus Jones
In this trade, LA would get a backup point guard who can come in and impact the game. While Vincent is a better defender and could be solid, he hasn’t been available. Vincent will remain out for several weeks.
Trading Vincent away, along with a second-round pick and a pick swap, is adequate value for Jones, who is a quality player in the final year of his deal.
Washington could value a future pick swap and move Vincent to a third team for more value.
While Jones is not a good defensive player, he could solve some offensive issues for the Lakers. His playmaking could help in lineups when James and Davis are off the floor.
Adding another ball-handler could be vital, as they have lacked a backup point guard with Vincent's injuries.
Jones would alleviate pressure off James, Reaves, and Russell when they are off the floor.
He can also play off-the-ball in lineups with James as a highly efficient three-point shooter. The Purple and Gold’s offense ranks 22nd in the league in offensive rating.
Jones wouldn’t solve all of the Lakers' problems, but his shooting and playmaking could greatly improve their offensive woes.
Rob Pelinka should consider calling up the Wizards to inquire about Jones.