The Los Angeles Lakers are in a good position to improve their young team as they have the second overall pick in the draft and they are loaded with cap space for free agents. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers may be interested in trading for Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz.
LA general manager Mitch Kupchak has hinted at the possibility of trading their second overall pick for an established. However, they could easily just draft Brandon Ingram and add veteran experience via free agency.
Dave Favale of Bleacher Report suggested a trade scenario between the Lakers and the Jazz. He explored the idea of the Lakers sending the second overall pick and D’Angelo Russell to Utah for Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward.
Los Angeles have the cap space to accommodate the salaries of both players but it is impossible to see the Jazz break up their young core and rebuild again before even achieving something. Utah was very close to making the playoffs this season and they just need veteran experience to get them to the next level.
Their core of Hayward, Favors, Rudy Gobert, Dante Exum, Trey Lyles and Rodney Hood are one of the most promising in the NBA. They also have one of the best up and coming head coaches in the league in Quin Snyder, who signed a long-term extension on May 6.
Related NBA Rumors: Ben Simmons to skip workouts with Lakers, Sixers; bent on working with Celtics?
As for the Lakers, they will likely end up with Brandon Ingram in the draft. Ingram is a scorer with good defensive potential. He also fits well with Los Angeles’ roster need in the wings but expect Kupchak to make a few calls before the draft.
Photo Courtesy: gdhayward/Instagram