• The Lakers could explore trade options for OKC's Terrance Ferguson
  • NBA teams will be given a shorter window in the offseason as the league calendar is affected by the pandemic
  • Ferguson could be utilized by the Lakers as a reliable perimeter defender

The mission right now for the Los Angeles Lakers is to fast-track their way to competitive form with a few weeks left before the NBA resumes the 2020 season. But that’s not to disregard their plans to bolster the squad through inevitable, yet imperative, trade deals in the off-season. As the exploration begins, one emerging speculation is making its way to the discussion, and that is the chance to sign OKC Thunder’s two-way guard Terrance Ferguson.

The Lakers, just like the rest of the teams in the NBA, will be forced to execute their off-season dealings on a shorter span than usual, no thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic that has affected the league’s calendar extending to the next season.

Jason Reed of the Lake Show Life claims the Lakers could still “pull off some trades” despite the shorter window to work on modifying their roster. And as he listed his predictions, Ferguson’s name apparently stood out.

“There is not a lot of players that the Thunder could shop this offseason but the one that potentially makes the most sense is Terrance Ferguson,” wrote Reed, who projects the Lakers could get an above-average perimeter defender in the 22-year-old.

“The team could absolutely afford to move Ferguson and if the price is right then a deal for Ferguson would work out for both parties.

“Ferguson has not played that great this season, but he has had a more reduced role in this new-look Thunder team. We have seen in years past that Ferguson can be a solid two-way player that can defend opposing wings while also shooting a decent three-point shot.

“He would not be remarkable in any regard, but the team would get more out of Ferguson as a 2-3 defender in the rotation than someone such as, say, Quinn Cook.”

Besides Ferguson, Denver’s Monte Morris, Portland’s Rodney Hood, and Utah’s Tony Bradley are also listed as options from the Northwest that the Lakers could explore on. But with a plethora of scoring punches taking care of the Lakers’ offense, tapping the services of a defensively gifted player like Ferguson seems to be the most logical choice for Frank Vogel and his staff.

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General manager Rob Pelinka of the Los Angeles Lakers (L) talks with head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers (R) during the 2019 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Reaves/Getty Images