NBA Trades: Lakers bolster roster (and playoff hopes) in huge proposed deal with Nets

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NBA Trades: Would the Lakers agree to the deal?

Although the Lakers have seemingly been close on a deal for Dejounte Murray for weeks, they may not want to trade both of their firsts for Murray, especially with how well Russell has played of later. Instead, they could use Russell's increased trade value to their advantage in this proposed deal, which would only have them giving up one first-round pick.

Despite that, it is questionable just how much of an upgrade Dinwiddie, Finney-Smith, and O'Neale would be for Los Angeles. Hachimura, Prince, and Russell have all been contributors for the Lakers this season. And while they may see a defensive boost from the deal, Los Angeles is a worse offensive team than they are a defensive team.

Prince, Hachimura, and particularly Russell have shot the ball well from deep this season, which shouldn't be taken for granted since the primary reason why the Lakers are a bottom-10 offensive team is that they rank last in 3-point attempts per game and 15th in 3-point percentage.

Finney-Smith and O'Neale have both been above-average shooters on high volume, though Dinwiddie is having a down season shooting the ball. Ultimately, the Lakers may still do a version of the deal but perhaps the Nets will be willing to include Lonnie Walker IV, a former Laker who is having a good season while on a minimum contract, to sweeten the deal. Next, we'll see if the Nets will agree to the trade.