The Los Angeles Lakers are in no way conceding their moves for some roster changes amidst looking to be thrown out of the picture in the Andre Iguodala bidding contest. In fact, rumors now say that Rob Pelinka and his staff may have already schemed a back-up plot. And with all factors considered, the Purple and Gold could be setting their sights on New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick for a possible swap this season.

In an article written by Jason Reed of Los Angeles Sports Hub, the chances of the Lakers trading for the 35-year-old Redick elevated since the landing of Iguodala to the multi-titled LA franchise is close to being impossible now.

Reed said, “…unless the Grizzlies have a sudden change of heart the Lakers’ chances of landing the veteran two-way player (Iguodala) are zero.” He then added, “This does increase the possibility of the Lakers trading for a different veteran.”

Supporting his theory, he mentioned that the possible deal with the Pelicans is more likely to be executed than that of the Grizzlies since JJ Redick “has more value” to the Pels in a trade deal than keeping his talents in New Orleans.

He then cited the Lakers’ lack of knockdown shooters as evinced by the stats that show the team ranked 21st in three-pointers made per outing and 13th in the three-point percentage despite being the No. 1 team in the NBA to date.

The 13-year veteran JJ Redick could just be what the doctor ordered for the Lakers. The former Duke Blue Devil is a career 41.5 percent three-point sniper and a 48 percent shooter this season. He is also tied with Lebron James at the 18th spot of the NBA’s All-Time Leaders in 3-Point Field Goals Made with 1,763.

The Lakers could design a deal involving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook, the report said, since the salaries of both guards are enough to match that of Redick’s. Other possible scenarios include a deal involving Talen Horton-Tucker and a tweak of the first-round picks sent to the Pelicans from the Anthony Davis trade.

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Anthony Davis celebrates after scoring a basket in his Lakers debut. Silver Screen and Roll