acquisition pitch is seriously going to happen. . .
Last week, reports surfaced that the Cleveland Cavaliers offered Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson for DeAndre Jordan. With King James begging management for help in the paint, the team has been reluctant to make any trades – due to him not agreeing to a max deal before his upcoming summer free agency. One team, who is looking to make a strong pitch to LeBron, is the Los Angeles Lakers – who are also a favorite to land Paul George.
Before Magic Johnson gets to pitch the future of the purple and gold to superstars, the team has reportedly put three players on the block, before February’s trade deadline in a few weeks.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance are openly being shopped by the team to create cap-room. We’re assuming Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma are virtually the only untouchable players. Magic and Jeanie Buss will be looking to dump major salary, to possibly add two stars in free agency (see: King James and PG-13).
At this point, Julius Randle’s days of being a Laker will end after the season, following a team meeting this week, where players openly vented about the combo-forward’s style of play to coaching. Clarkson’s contract will likely be the hardest thing to get off the books (two years, $26 million left, after this season); while Nance has lost his minutes to stand-out rookie, Kuzma.
Let us know in the comments if you’re in favor of the Lake Show going after big names.
Thirty days until the NBA’s trade deadline: Buyers, sellers and movers who’ll shape the month. https://t.co/YKQokkUMsp
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 8, 2018