The Los Angeles Lakers are loaded with young talents in the coming season and it may have its pros and cons. For them to make an impact, they must contemplate on making a solid trade before they hit training camp.
Rumors have been swirling that the Lakers are looking at placing Nick Young and Julius Randle on a trade for Denver Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried and Gay Harris.
Since the video of Young confessing of dating other women besides his now ex-girlfriend Iggy Azalea went viral, the Lakers have been contemplating of shipping him out. The viral video has caused division in the team’s roster that involved D’Angelo Russell. Luke Walton wants his team to be developing teamwork and with the incident still affecting both players, it is about time that they address the matter.
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Sending Young and Randle to the Nuggets would be one consideration as they could learn a thing or two from Coach Michael Malone. What the Lakers need at this time is a team that would make an impact after the retirement of Kobe Bryant. Having Faried and Harris would stabilize the Lakers first and second units.
Young may never admit it but he is still affected by his break up with Iggy, not to mention that Iggy is pregnant with Young’s child. Basically, his focus might not be there and having him still side by side Russell is like a time bomb just waiting to explode.
His performance has also dwindled down as he only managed to score 7.3 points a game with 0.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. His career numbers are far better with 11.8 points, 1.0 assist and 2.0 rebounds a game.
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In the case of Randle, consistency is the key and he still needs to find that as his last season average is not that far as he has 11.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 0.4 blocks a game. Both Young and Randle could explore more of their potentials with the Nuggets.
On the other hand, having Faried and Harris to the Lakers would bring balance on both ends of the floor. It would also strengthen the team’s roster as they have could have the needed push for players that could also come off the bench.
The Lakers are looking at making an impact, letting other teams see that they have moved on from Bryant’s era. Getting a trade and having Faired and Harris would be one thing to consider. But if the Lakers are already contented with what they have and look for possibilities trade at the middle season, then they should not bother to entertain any trade offers.
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