Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Lakers who are said open to the possibility of trading Jordan Clarkson and 2016 draft pick for a veteran NBA star.
The Lakers became aggressive in rebuilding the team after they hired Luke Walton as their head coach. Though the NBA lottery is still two weeks away, the Lakers are intensively planning about their future especially in acquiring the best players they could have in the off-season.
According to a previous report, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stated that it could take “ten or fifteen years” to rebuild through the draft so he stressed the importance of free agency and well-positioned trade. With this, there is a larger possibility the Lakers will be trading their future draft pick and one of the young cores, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, for a star NBA player in the off-season.
On a Twitter post by Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports, he also reported that the Lakers will insist a trade even if they get the number one pick.
“I’ve now been told by two separate sources, even if the Lakers get the No. 1 pick they’re trading it,” Cowherd said during The Herd. “They don’t want to rebuild anymore. They want to get a star NBA player. They will call teams if they get the No. 1 pick and shop it around the league. ”
There were rumors that D’Angelo Russell will be the one being traded together with their draft for Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler. But with the decision of the team to hire Magic Johnson as Russell’s mentor, the Lakers are possibly keeping Russell and make Clarkson or Randle their trade options.
Jordan Clarkson is unarguably a promising star in the NBA. But with his current performance, he may not be fitted for the Lakers plan to rebuild the team as soon as possible. Many have noticed Clarkson’s inconsistency in both offensive and defensive end so he might end up being traded in the off-season.
If the Lakers fail to acquire DeMar DeRozan in free agency, they have the option to re-sign Clarkson and trade him together with the future draft pick for Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and Cameron Bairstow. Bulls’ was reportedly making a long term plan with their young cores so the said trade would benefit both parties.
Still, the Lakers have the option to let go Clarkson in the free agency or re-sign him to be part of the team next season.
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