The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly having an ‘unnamed trade target’ in mind and willing to sacrifice at least two of their young players to acquire a superstar. Could it be Russell Westbrook or Blake Griffin?
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. They made their first move by hiring the Golden State Warriors assistant coach and former Lakers player Luke Walton as their new head coach.
Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac were the latest addition to the Lakers’ young core. Ingram was frequently compared to Warriors superstar Kevin Durant but he admitted that he has still more to improve.
In the recent free agency, the Lakers failed to acquire their target superstars but grabbed veteran players like Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. Also, they succeeded to re-sign their own free agent, Jordan Clarkson.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak admitted that he’s still unsure what to expect from the Lakers next season. Now that Kobe Bryant is gone, the Lakers are still looking for his replacement as the new face of the franchise.
Most of the Lakers’ young players have potentials to become a superstar in the future. However, it will take more years for them to have such improvement. Eric Pincus of Basketball Insider revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers have an ‘unnamed trade target’in mind:
“The team has held off on signing Tarik Black, Marcelo Huertas and second-overall pick Brandon Ingram, keeping an eye on what could be $13.6 million in cap room (assuming the team also waives and stretched Nick Young).”
“The Lakers do have an unnamed trade target in mind, but are also preserving space for another opportunistic Calderon-like deal.” Pincus wrote.
Russell Westbrook has been involved in trade rumors when Kevin Durant decided to leave the Thunder. The Lakers and the Boston Celtics were eyed to make a trade deal to acquire the Thunder superstar. The Lakers have plenty of trade assets to offer to the Thunder.
However, Russell Westbrook is set to become an unrestricted free agent next season so trading for him is quite risky. Another possible trade target for the Lakers is Blake Griffin. The Clippers’ ‘Big Three’ seemed to be having a hard time bringing the team to the NBA Finals.
The Clippers proved in the last season that they can still enter the playoffs even without Blake Griffin on their side. Trading him for young players and future draft picks will make sense since the presence of their ‘Big Three’ is limiting them from upgrading their roster.
If the Lakers will pursue a blockbuster deal, they will need to sacrifice at least two of their young players for the deal to become successful.