Some NBA trade rumors have come true, while others have either fizzled away or been put on the back burner for a later date. That time has come, and when the 3 p.m. ET deadline arrives, all teams had better be happy with what they’ve done up to this point.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one team that has not only worked on shuffling their roster but also their front office during the latter stages of the NBA trade deadline, all the while making a couple NBA trade rumors come to reality.
Firing General Manager Mitch Kupchak then hiring Magic Johnson as the President of Basketball Operations was just the first step the Lakers made. The Lakers traded sixth man and leading scorer Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for a first-round pick and Corey Brewer. That trade made sense for both franchises and helps the Rockets right now and the Lakers in the future.
The previous five words, “The Lakers in the future,” are what matters the most for the franchise, not what they do on the court today. The future should include a Lakers trade of Nick Young (who makes $5.4 million this season and $5.6 million next season) to a team who could use him now. The Lakers might not get a huge haul for Young, but a Lakers trade should gain them a second-round selection, as Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted that is what a trade by the Lakers could consist of.
A Lakers trade of Young would really hurt the roster and scoring for the remainder of the season, but that is fine due to the fact the Lakers are already in next-to-last place in the Western Conference at 19-39, and not just 20 games under 0.500, but 29 games away from the top spot. For a once-championship franchise like the Lakers, being in the bottom of the Western Conference can’t happen anymore.
This NBA season Young is averaging 13.8 points per game in 51 games played, with an average of 26.5 minutes per game. More than a few teams could really use a player like Young on their roster in a Lakers trade for their playoff push, or even better, for Young to shore up their roster for when the playoffs begin.
Young not only brings his 13.8 points per game, but his shooting numbers are solid this season, too. A Lakers trade is still on the horizon, Young is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, and with that, 44 percent from the three-point line. Young is also shooting 84 percent from the free-throw line this season, and with numbers like that, some NBA team will most likely be a part of a Lakers trade.
With any Lakers trade before the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Thursday, they will work to get better for the future, and with Magic Johnson basically running the ship when it comes to any Lakers trade from here on out, at least the trade deadline will be interesting.
Already making one trade with the Lakers this week, is it too much to fathom a second Lakers and Rockets trade, this time with Young going to the Rockets, rejoining his former teammate in Williams? The Rockets have a nice chance to compete at a high level in the Western Conference playoffs, and a Lakers trade with Houston could make them even stronger, plus give the Lakers a better look at their future.
There are many decisions left to be made for the Lakers, and some will work out and some won’t, but the best thing about seeing the changes within the Lakers organization is the fact they are trying something different.
What the Lakers have been doing hasn’t worked out well, but the Lakers should make another trade and send Young elsewhere. It will be another move showing things will be a lot different for the Lakers from here on out, and doing something different is what is best for the Lakers franchise, because being at the bottom of the standings is embarrassing for the once-championship caliber franchise.
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