Well, unfortunately for my lady, I'm on holidays and I'm spending it on the NBA Trade Machine on ESPN.
We have no picks to offer in trades. Just the way it is. Our only avenue to make "trades" that bring us any sort of value back is by trading Kyle Kuzma. If we don't trade him, we can only rely on the buyout market.
Because of that and the fact we can beat 90% of the teams in the league, I don't anticipate a trade until the week, days or hours before the deadline to see what kind of momentum takes place with buyouts and what other chips fall.
So for a package that involves Kuzma, Bradley and Cousins (combined $10,241,600) we can take back around $14-15M. Here's the deals I've highlighted league wide.
Atlanta: I don't see a trade option here unless Atlanta would be willing to give up Kevin Huerter, which I don't think they would. If they did, Huerter + Bembry + Parker is a deal that makes sense. Atlanta says no.
Boston: Marcus Smart & Carsen Edwards. Boston says no. Smart is the soul of their team. Wouldn't Smart vs Beverley be fun in the Western Conference Finals? I think a legit fight would break out between the two and both would be suspended for the series.
Brooklyn: Don't see a deal that makes sense unless it involves Joe Harris, Dinwiddie or Levert. Dinwiddie seems basically untouchable to me from a national perspective unless it's a big time player. Joe Harris + Temple is a deal that works. Doesn't get us a playmaking guard, but does get us some shooting (Harris) and perimeter D (Temple). Brooklyn says no.
Charlotte: Yuck. Hopefully Marvin Williams gets bought out and we keep Kuzma.
Chicago: I love Satoransky. Not so much Kris Dunn. Satoransky works straight up. I think Chicago says no. They already have too many guys similar to Kuzma.
Cleveland: Anyone else surprised that Dellavedova & Brandon Knight are still in the league? I figured both were in Greece or Spain or something. Yuck.
Detroit: Highlight this one. Langston Galloway + Derrick Rose. Galloway is a career 42% 3PT shooter and he can light it up. Certainly makes us smaller on the wing however. Big time pressure on Green, LeBron, AD to defend wings.
Indiana: Another highlight. Justin Holiday, Aaron Holiday, and Doug McDermott. Once Oladipo comes back, there's going to be a glut of guards on that team. Kuzma is a versatile wing who plays off ball and can shoot. Maybe Indiana values Aaron Holiday more than I think they do. But for the Lakers, this deal accomplishes everything. Side note: I hate Kawhi Leonard for holding up our cap space and taking Brogdon out of the picture.
Miami: I don't see any sort of deal here. No to Dion Waiters.
Milwaukee: I don't think Milwaukee trades with us in a million years. But boy does George Hill and Wes Matthews sound good in purple and gold.
New York: Hey, what's another combo forward for the Knicks? If they were smart, they'd trade off Morris and Portis in separate deals. Then make this trade. Allonzo Trier + Ellington + future protected 1st rounder. Trier is underrated good from a guard spot and Ellington can shoot the nets off the rim. He must be dying to get out of there. Averaging 14 MPG.
Orlando: I like Aminu, Augustin and Ross. However the salaries are difficult. A deal for Ross alone works, but is that worth giving up Kuzma? I say no.
Philadelphia: Don't see a deal that makes sense. Tobias Harris. $32M a year currently, and goes up for the next 5 years. I know they had not much choice, but that's an absolutely brutal contract. Maybe their hope is they trade it for a combination of players, but I don't see anyone taking him at that price. Puke.
Toronto: It hurts my heart we have no way of getting Kyle Lowry. Major kick in the balls. I like Norm Powell and I love VanVleet. I don't think Toronto loves Kuzma as much as I love VanVleet.
Washington: I like the idea of a healthier Isaiah Thomas. I like the idea of CJ Miles. Not for Kuzma. I'd rather just lose in the WCF in 6 games with the roster we have and make an addition in the off-season.
Dallas: For the package of Kuz/Cousins/Bradley I don't see anything that would fit. However, Dallas did have big time interest in Danny Green and Green chose the Lakers over Dallas. Would a trade of Green/Bradley/Cousins/Cook for Wright/Curry/Lee make sense? I think it would. For both sides.
Denver: Grant + Beasley works. Does Denver do that? Questionable.
Golden State: Yuck.
Houston: Unless they give up PJ Tucker, nothing makes sense. Tucker + Rivers makes sense.
Memphis: I like Jae Crowder. Not for Kuzma however. Just buy out Iguoudala, Memphis.
T-Wolves: Covington/Napier makes sense. Do Lakers give up Kuzma for that? I wouldn't unless Minnesota threw us a Top 5 protected pick or something.
New Orleans: I've talked about the possibilities. Just don't see anything.
OKC: Schroder is nice, but I would never give up Kuzma for him.
Portland: Yuck. Bazemore would be good on a buyout.
Sacramento: Sacramento seems like the team. Bogdanovic + Bjelica + lottery protected 1st works for Kuzma/Cousins/Bradley/Daniels.
San Antonio: Don't really see a deal worth it to give up Kuzma. Patty Mills + Bellinelli would be nice, but that deal would involve way too many bodies.
Utah: Don't see anything.
So there you go. Sacramento, T-Wolves, Dallas, Indiana and Detroit are the only teams I can find value for. In my opinion, we really just have to hope the buyout market shakes out for us.