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NBA News: D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson included; Jim Buss names players who will stay with the Lakers for the 2016-17 NBA season

Phil Jackson with the Lakers (Photo courtesy: Bridget Samuels/Wikimedia Commons)

Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jim Buss listed the names of the players he will most likely want to be part of the team’s roster for the 2016-17 NBA season.

Lakers, who are currently undergoing the rebuilding process, are said to trade their future draft picks in order to get an NBA star for their team. The team’s first move after firing Byron Scott was to hire a new coach in Luke Walton. Many believe that Walton can reciprocate his success with the Warriors to the Lakers.

This could be possible if the Lakers will manage to sign a superstar free agent in the upcoming offseason. Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan and Hassan Whiteside are the top free agents listed on the Lakers target players.

However, the Lakers need to focus first with the current line up they have. According to a report from Basketball Insider, Jim Buss believes that the five core players, including D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, should be part of the Lakers roster next season. Though Clarkson will become a restricted free agent on July, Buss confirms that the team will re-sign Clarkson.

Aside from the five core players, Buss is also looking forward to see other players to be part of the rebuilding process.

“I like Marcelo [Huertas], I think in the right system he might be a good fit […] And Tarik Black, I like him. He could be a rotational player,” said Buss of the second-year forward, yet another potential restricted free agent.”

Buss did not give details about their plans to other players like Nick Young and Robert Sacre. There are rumors that the Lakers are currently making negotiations with other NBA teams to trade some of their players but they are still unsuccessful to make the deal.

However, if they manage to offer their top picks in the 2016 NBA draft together with other players, there will surely be some teams that will be interested in the trade. If the team grab the desired target in the free agency and trade block, the Lakers are expected to be having stronger line up next season.

Photo courtesy: Bridget Samuels/Wikimedia

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