It getting obvious that the Los Angeles Lakers would want to cut ties with Nick Young and get some assets in return. Rumors are swirling that the Lakers would trade Young together with Lou Williams to get Charlotte Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb and Spencer Hawes.
With the proposed deal, Jordan Clarkson would move up to the starting five together with D’Angelo Russell, Metta World Peace, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Jeremy Lamb, who averages 8.8 points, 1.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds a game, could back up Clarkson in the shooting guard spot.
After a breakout season last year, Lamb seems to struggle defensively that made coach Steve Clifford pit him the reserve section of the Hornets. According to Clifford, Lamb has to learn to play on both ends of the floor for him to earn a starter’s role. With the trade, Lamb could very well play as Clarkson’s wingman and should improve his defensive skills under Luke Walton and Brian Shaw.
Meanwhile, Hawes who averages 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds could very well earn a rotation spot with Mozgov and Tarik Black in the center position.
For the Lakers, it is just fine tuning its young core to create the suitable chemistry to build the team past the Kobe Bryant era. Having Lamb and Hawes would not be game changers but the team has to decide if this would really help them in their campaign this season.
For the Hornets, getting Lou Williams and Nick Young would give their shooting guard position more versatility. The Hornets see this as a way of answering second thoughts on Marco Belinelli as Nicolas Batum’s backup.
With the deal, the Hornets would seem to win as Williams and Young are both talented players that could very well complement their roster. The Hornets seek to make a repeat performance of what they have achieved last season. Adding the right pieces will be the key to it as they have lost some of it via free agency.
The deal is plausible but will give both the Lakers and the Hornets something to think upon if they would give it a go. The season is about to start and most teams might do some last-minute polishing off their respective rosters until then they might consider this going to the midseason.
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