The Brooklyn Nets are expected to be one of the worst teams in the league in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. With no playoff spot in sight, they will prioritize developing their young talent and acquiring young prospects over getting the wins when the new season opens later this October, according to NBA rumors.
The Los Angeles Lakers will test their young talent in new season and see where they stand in their rebuilding process. If they see some of their young players step up early, they might get the idea of moving other players and aim for a playoff spot since they have been on the losing end for many years already.
An idea was brought up by Keith Smith from Today’s Fastbreak suggesting that Lopez should be traded for picks and young talent for the team to start Justin Hamilton and start his development as the franchise’s primary center.
He contends that while Lopez is a “wonderful talent on the offensive end” the 29-year-old does not fit the Nets’ future plans considering they want to rebuild fully.
“By the time the Nets are ready to be playoff contenders again, Lopez probably won’t be nearly effective as a player,” Smith wrote.
“If Brooklyn could pick up a pick or two and a young prospect, it would help them along their rebuild. Hamilton is a good option to start at center. He’s not much on the defensive end, but he’s a stretch 4/5 and fits nicely with the Nets other pieces.”
With his suggestion, the Lakers are perfect trade partners for the Nets, assuming Los Angeles wants to contend immediately under head coach Luke Walton.
Via RealGM Trade Checker, dealing Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin for Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Yi Jianlian and Luol Deng works. Although this deal must be done not until December 15, 2016 when some players are eligible to be traded because they signed their contracts just this offseason.
This makes sense for the Lakers only if they see major contributions from D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram, who will take over Deng’s starting forward spot if the deal is done.
Los Angeles will have a nice core of Lopez, Ingram, Russell and Lin and could battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference in the new NBA season.
The Lakers-Nets deal also makes sense for Brooklyn. The Nets get a young forward in 21-year-old Randle and they can demand a future first round pick from the Lakers to make it a more balanced trade.
Does these NBA rumors make sense for both teams? Would the Lakers or Nets do this trade?
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