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Have the Los Angeles Lakers found their perfect business partner?

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At this point in the 2022-23 NBA season, no team has been mentioned more in trade rumors than the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

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After making a few minor tweaks to their roster this season while essentially maintaining their core, the Lakers have struggled. They are currently sitting at 12-16 in the season and although they have shown promising signs, they have struggled to get all the pieces together. It’s only fair that they were Scan the commercial market for potential enhancements in a playoff.

Meanwhile, the Knicks have found some consistency recently after a rocky start to the season and are currently ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference. At 16-13, they find themselves on the positive end of things, and can look forward to adding more talent to bolster their roster in the coming months. With a legitimate shot at the postseason, it would be wise to do so.

For the Lakers, the target they seem most infatuated with right now is Bojan Bogdanovic of the Detroit Pistons. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic (subscription required), the Lakers have it held talks In recent weeks about landing forward. While Bogdanović would be a great fit with the Lakers as they look for more shooting, Charania also mentioned that Detroit has expressed a reluctance to let Bogdanović go at this time.

With Bogdanovic off the table, for now, the Lakers can turn their attention to the Knicks, who also have some compelling goals. As reported by the same report from Charania, Los Angeles has been in talks with New York regarding Evan Fournier and Cam Reddish. The tandem was separated from the New York rotation recently, and it has been I made it clear that they are available for trade.

The New York Knicks have players who are interested in the Los Angeles Lakers

Over the past few months, any trade talks about the Los Angeles Lakers have involved a transfer from Russell Westbrook. However, with Westbrook playing well in a new bench role, he looks destined to stick around for the time being. The Lakers seem more inclined to strike a deal to bring in players around LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. With that said, Evan Fournier and Cam Reddish would make sense as targets.

Throughout his 10-year career, Fournier made a living by scoring and shooting, averaging 14.2 points per game while shooting 38 percent from long distance. Both traits make Fournier a desirable target for the Lakers. The 30-year-old will fit in seamlessly in Los Angeles while serving as an offensive complement to the trio of James, Davis and Westbrook. Playing with all three, Fournier will get plenty of open looks and chances on this side of the ball, and having a player of his ability can go a long way for Los Angeles.

While Reddish does not possess the same scoring and shooting as Fournier, his desire is also easy to understand from an L.A. perspective. First and foremost, at 23 years old, Reddish is a hunk full of potential, something the Lakers could use. On the ground, Reddish has shown that he has the tools to be a tough defender. At 6-foot-8, he would give the Lakers an incredibly versatile winger to bolster their efforts on that end. His offense has been hit or miss throughout his career, but Reddish has shown glimpses of being a legitimate threat on this end in the past. The biggest questions revolve around his ability to hit the long ball, something he will be asked to do constantly in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles’ interest in the two players is possible, and given the market, they could be potential commercial targets for the team at this time.

Is the New York Knicks the most likely trading partner for the Los Angeles Lakers?

Given that the Los Angeles Lakers have been actively looking for roster upgrades lately and the New York Knicks seem inclined to move on from Evan Fournier and Reddish, the two seem to be a perfect match for each other.

With the combined salaries of Patrick Beverly, Kendrick Noone, and Damion Jones, LA will have $18.3 million in salaries to send. That would be enough to allow them to suck out the $24 million between Fournier and Reddish. What kind of draft picks will be included in this deal is a different story, but the key framework is there. The Lakers should be motivated to make a move, and while Fournier and Reddish aren’t superstar names, the pair could certainly make an impact in the Los Angeles rotation if given the chance.

If the Lakers are looking to make a deal while keeping the Big Three intact, this could be the most realistic one at this time. If the Lakers were to make a trade today, it looks like the Knicks would be on the other end.

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