Lakers Trade Rumors – The Los Angeles Lakers might be already out of playoff contention going into the halfway mark, but it doesn’t mean they won’t make any roster improvement before the trade deadline expires. According to Larry Coon of Basketball Insiders, the Lakers could be eyeing a trade to clear more room on their payroll.
The Lakers, sporting a Western Conference worst 9-33 record, are projected to miss the playoffs for the third straight season. General manager Mitch Kupchak already conceded the season, calling it justified farewell to Kobe Bryant.
Still, Coon believes there’s a necessity for the Lakers to make a move on the trading block in order to gain the ability to sign at least a couple of max players this coming summer.
“Depending on which max players they go after, they will have room for one max player with room to spare, but maybe not enough for two. This is a big deal, because a prime free agent is going to want to join a team that’s ready to win, and the presence of another max guy will be much more palatable,” Coon stressed.
Although it won’t be a monster trade, Coon speculated that the Lakers could use the contracts of Nick Young, Brandon Bass and bench super-scorer Lou Williams in exchange for an expiring deals.
“All of this points to them making a trade to clear salary that’s signed through 2016-17. The most likely candidate for them to try to move is Nick Young (signed for $5.4 million next season), but Brandon Bass ($3.1 million) and even Lou Williams ($7 million) could be in the conversation as well. They’ll be looking for deals that bring back ending salary.”
Young has long been speculated as potential mover out of Los Angeles, while Bass and Williams are playing their first season with the purple-and-gold, but remain subject of trade chatter all season long.