With another lost season, the Los Angeles Lakers are already looking forward to the upcoming years as they aim to continue to rebuild for their future.
According to reports, the Hollywood squad is likely to be considering some changes in the roster and that the team could be in interested in players like Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore and Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings.
According to Bleacher Report, the Lakers may deal before the trade deadline in February and may target McLemore, Gay and another Kings player in center Kosta Koufus in exchange for center Roy Hibbert, guard Lou Williams and forward Larry Nance Jr.
The probable trade would help the Kings’ playoff push while the Lakers will get prospects in McLemore and Koufus and can be part of their long-term plans. Nance Jr. is a nice prospect but the energetic forward is not seen as the future starting power forward of the team with Julius Randle nicely developing in that role.
Kobe Bryant, the long-time face of the franchise of the Lakers, is set to retire from the league at the end of the 2015-2016 season and the Los Angeles team is preparing for life with the “Black Mamba”.
“Because of the comeback from a significant injury, [Brandon] Jennings might not be on the move until closer to the February trade deadline after he’s been given a chance to show he’s healthy and become a valuable commodity again,” the same report noted via Fran Blineber of NBA.com referring to the status of Jennings.
Jennings recently came back from a major ankle injury and surgery and missed half the season of 2014-2015. Jennings has also lost the starting PG job in Detroit to budding star Reggie Jackson, who has turned in All-Star numbers for the Pistons.
With Jennings, who is a free agent after the current season, looking for playing time and major role, the Lakers appear to be a bad fit as they already have guards Jordan Clarkson and DeAngelo Russell in the line-up. It remains to be seen if the Lakers will stick with the latter two or if they want to go into another direction and acquire a veteran point guard like Jennings.
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