The Lakers would be better off staying out of the trade market this offseason.

After a disappointing campaign, there has been more talk about the Los Angeles Lakers and their intention to sign a third star to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Since the middle of the previous campaign, big names such as Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan, Klay Thompson, and Trae Young have been mentioned as possible additions to the Lakers roster.

The Lakers haven’t accomplished anything in the offseason thus far. The two most noteworthy moves they made were drafting Dalton Knecht and Bronny James, who will play the majority of the season with their G League affiliate, South Bay Lakers, and re-signing Max Christie.

Christie and Knecht will have the opportunity to play a supporting role, but it is unlikely that they will be the key players that propel Los Angeles into the running. The Lakers now have a short list of possible game-changers to pursue after the Purple and Gold lost out on Murray and Thompson, who found new homes, as free agency moved forward. Free agent DeRozan is not anticipated to rejoin the Bulls, but Young might decide to stay in Altanta now that Murray has been traded to New Orleans.

However, the Lakers are stuck with limited cap room throughout this free-agency window. The sign-and-trade arrangement has been the franchise’s best chance to acquire a top player. The Lakers will therefore probably need to give up at least one first-round selection and one of their contributors, either D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, or Rui Hachimura, in order to acquire a major difference-maker

Giving up draft picks and young talent doesn’t seem like the right move for Los Angeles. The team would lose long-term opportunities in exchange for gaining a third star. Even with DeRozan and Young’s talent, their additions to the current roster would only get the Lakers through the play-in round; neither would be enough to push them into the running in a loaded Western Conference..

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