The Los Angeles Lakers are receiving ‘awful lot of interests’ for their youngster trio of combo guard Jordan Clarkson, forward Julius Randle and rookie playmaker D’Angelo Russell, general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed this to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers had been rumored to be an aggressive player on the trading front weeks ahead of February 18 trade deadline after making four veterans (Roy Hibbert, Nick Young, Brandon Bass and Lou Williams) available on the block as early as December. But other than Williams, the market for these players is relatively slim.
Instead, the Lakers are receiving a lot of trade calls for their young players but the Lakers GM isn’t sure if a trade will take place before the trade window closes at 3 p.m on Thursday.
“Mitch Kupchak said the Los Angeles Lakers have received “an awful lot of interest in our young players.” D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle comprise the Lakers’ young core along with Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
Kupchak said it’s “unlikely” the Lakers complete a trade before Thursday’s deadline.”
It’s isn’t really surprising to learn that these three young Lakers studs are getting more buzz instead of the veterans less than 24 hours before deadline. Despite another nightmarish campaign for the Lakers, these youngsters have shown flashes of their potentials throughout the season and are putting up solid numbers.
Clarkson (15.4 ppg and 3.9 apg) and Russell (12.2 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.6 rpg) were actually selected to participate in the Rising Star challenge, while Randle is putting up double-double numbers (11.1 ppg and 10.0 rpg) in just his second full season.
Out of the three, the Lakers would likely want to deal Clarkson the most if they pursue a trade because of his impending free-agency. The Filipino-American baller is playing on the final year of his rookie deal and expected to get solid offers as a restricted free-agent this summer.
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