The Los Angeles Lakers continue to survey the league for ways to upgrade their roster. Recently, Los Angeles offered a 2027 first-round pick, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn as a package to the Detroit Pistons for Jerami Grant. The Pistons are holding out for more for their best player.
The offer of a pick, plus Horton-Tucker and Nunn, is the best the Lakers can do in trade talks. They aren't trading LeBron James or Anthony Davis. Russell Westbrook isn't someone teams are interested in without being paid to take on his contract. The remainder of the Los Angeles players are on minimum contracts.
2027 is the first year the Lakers have a first-round pick available to trade. Los Angeles still owes two picks to the New Orleans Pelicans. The latter of those picks can be conveyed as early as 2024, but the Pelicans can also defer the right to acquire that pick until 2025. That limits the Lakers to 2027 as the first year they have a first-round available in trade.