With OG Anunoby headed to the New York Knicks, trade season in the NBA is officially under way. The Washington Wizards, still yet to fully blow up their roster, employ a number of veterans that the league’s contenders will inevitably be bidding for.
One of the Wizards’ most desirable veterans is sharpshooter Landry Shamet, who recently returned from injury and is still working his way back into rhythm. Shamet arrived in Washington via the Chris Paul trade this past summer, and he is averaging 7.4 points per game in a limited role off the bench so far.
Shamet has been an excellent three-point shooter through his young journeyman career. Here are the three teams I think are most in need of the sniper’s services.
Los Angeles Lakers
I am writing this on December 30, LeBron James’ 39th birthday. The clock is ticking in Los Angeles.
The Lakers’ rotation features far too many mediocre to poor shooters for a LeBron-led team trying to compete for an NBA championship. Max Christie, Christian Wood, Cam Reddish, Gabe Vincent and Jarred Vanderbilt are all shooting sub-33% from deep, and LeBron leads the Lakers in total threes made. The Lakers make the third fewest number of threes per game, and they could seriously use an extra shooter like Shamet to spice up their rotation.
If the Lakers’ three point shooting has been rough, the Orlando’s has been outright pitiful. The Magic ranks dead last in three pointers made per game at just under 10, and Joe Ingles is their only player shooting over 37% from deep. Naturally, they rank dead last in team three-point percentage at a putrid 33.2%.
After a three-year rebuild, Orlando is finally in place to be buyers at this year’s trade deadline, and Shamet should be toward the top of their wishlist. A solid rotational shooter who is not going to take shots from Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner is exactly what this team needs, so the Magic would be mistaken not to pursue Shamet.
This Memphis Grizzlies season has been an unmitigated disaster thus far. In Ja Morant’s 25-game absence to start the season, Memphis coughed up a 6-19 record behind the brilliant play of Desmond Bane and utter lack of scoring output from elsewhere.
The Grizzlies rank second-to-last in team three-point percentage, and Bane is the only rotational player shooting a respectable percentage from deep. Jaren Jackson Jr. is a stretch five in theory, but he has not shot efficiently from beyond the arc since his first two seasons in the league and is shooting a disappointing 32.9% this season. Morant is finally back and the Grizzlies look like a competent team once more, but they remain in dire need of offensive production outside of Morant and Bane. Landry Shamet would be a solid, cheap option to juice Memphis’ offense at the deadline.
Where do you think Shamet should be traded, and what do you think a potential return package could look like? Let me know in the comments!