NBA Rumors: Blockbuster Lakers-Nets deal sends Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez to Los Angeles; Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle to Brooklyn?

NBA Rumors: Blockbuster Lakers-Nets deal sends Jeremy Lin, Brook Lopez to Los Angeles; Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle to Brooklyn?

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to be one of the worst teams in the league in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. With no playoff spot in sight, they will prioritize developing their young talent and acquiring young prospects over getting the wins when the new season opens later this October, according to NBA rumors.

The Los Angeles Lakers will test their young talent in new season and see where they stand in their rebuilding process. If they see some of their young players step up early, they might get the idea of moving other players and aim for a playoff spot since they have been on the losing end for many years already.

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An idea was brought up by Keith Smith from Today’s Fastbreak suggesting that Lopez should be traded for picks and young talent for the team to start Justin Hamilton and start his development as the franchise’s primary center.

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He contends that while Lopez is a “wonderful talent on the offensive end” the 29-year-old does not fit the Nets’ future plans considering they want to rebuild fully.

“By the time the Nets are ready to be playoff contenders again, Lopez probably won’t be nearly effective as a player,” Smith wrote.

“If Brooklyn could pick up a pick or two and a young prospect, it would help them along their rebuild. Hamilton is a good option to start at center. He’s not much on the defensive end, but he’s a stretch 4/5 and fits nicely with the Nets other pieces.”

With his suggestion, the Lakers are perfect trade partners for the Nets, assuming Los Angeles wants to contend immediately under head coach Luke Walton.

Via RealGM Trade Checker, dealing Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin for Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Yi Jianlian and Luol Deng works. Although this deal must be done not until December 15, 2016 when some players are eligible to be traded because they signed their contracts just this offseason.

This makes sense for the Lakers only if they see major contributions from D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, who will take over Deng’s starting forward spot if the deal is done.

Los Angeles will have a nice core of Lopez, Ingram, Russell and Lin and could battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference in the new NBA season.

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The Lakers-Nets deal also makes sense for Brooklyn. The Nets get a young forward in 21-year-old Randle and they can demand a future first round pick from the Lakers to make it a more balanced trade.

Does these NBA rumors make sense for both teams? Would the Lakers or Nets do this trade?

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  • Jack

    This is just ridiculous. What a waste of time reading the crap.

  • Robert zaccheus

    Justin Gloria, you have to be really desperate for clicks and idiotic to write such crap. Amazing that the editor would allow that. You wasted my time. Now I will remember your name and will never read another article of yours.

  • Tom Gardner

    Incredibly idiotic crap. The worst kind of click bait. I hate my Google Lin feed.

  • norah mackenzie

    this is stupid – as if lin would ever return to the cesspool of the lakers who never bothered with him in the first place

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    No way for Lin go back to Lakers in next 3 seasons. Nets will beat Lakers this season.

  • LinFan17

    Brook-Lin belongs to Brooklyn. Full stop.

  • plansmaker

    Lakers have clueless management, just like James Dolen of Knicks.
    It all starts from the top.

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  • Soursdey Met

    Lin has a no-trade clause and a player option in his third year. That means the Nets will have to suck it up and drive on with Jeremy Lin’s success as he leads them to the upcoming playoffs. I commend the Nets organization for believing in Lin and giving him the opportunity to showcase his talent. Jeremy Lin is that ace in the hole. I’m signing up for NBA League Pass and will root for the opponents that play against the Hornets (just because of the ungrateful comments from Batum), Knicks, and Lakers.

  • Chrmngblly

    Why would LA do such a thing? We don’t need any of the players proposed in this trade. This is just a big New York contract dump. Keep your own bloated contracts, thank you.

  • Tuan Nguyen

    A stupid whore author of this article…Why in the hell that the Nets wants garbage from the Lakers?

  • Dave

    Hahaha. This website have the dumbest, most ignorant writer in Justin Gloria, making up mock trades without any knowledge of pNBA players. Why do you think Brook Lopez is still in Brooklyn? Lopez is a cripple with two bad legs and feet that no other team wants. Lin was a bust playing for the Lakers they’ll never want him back. The Lakers won’t trade Clarkson or Randle alone for those two garbage players.