The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly engaged in trade discussions with the Chicago Bulls few days before the February 23 deadline. According to the latest NBA rumor, the Lakers will trade Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle for Jimmy Butler and Michael Carter-Williams.
Before DeMarcus Cousins was officially traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical revealed that the Kings offered “Boogie” to the Lakers. However, they were asking for a trade package centered on Brandon Ingram, which the Lakers refused to give. The decision only showed how the Lakers value their young players.
As most reports claimed, the Lakers are only expected to unload some of their veterans in the upcoming trade deadline. Lakers head coach Luke Walton revealed in the past that they plan to use the final months of the season for the development of their young players. However, there is still a possibility for them to pull a blockbuster trade once their target player becomes available.
Bulls made Jimmy Butler available on the trading block
Jimmy Butler continues to be part of various trade rumors in the past months. Despite his intention to stay, the Bulls don’t think Butler is the player they should build around. However, the Bulls would not give him easily. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com revealed that Chicago may ask for first-round picks and young assets for Butler.
“That’s why several teams, the Celtics included, have inquired about Butler’s availability. While the Bulls haven’t set any specific parameters. League executives believe they are seeking some combination of high draft picks and young veterans (players with experience who are either near the end of their rookie deals or have team-friendly contracts) just to consider moving Butler,” Blakely wrote.
In terms of trade assets, the Boston Celtics are clearly in the position to acquire a superstar. However, the Celtics aren’t the only team interested in acquiring Jimmy Butler. According to Mike Andamie of NBA Chicago, the Lakers have engaged in a trade discussion with the Bulls about Butler.
The deal doesn’t involve either Brandon Ingram or D’Angelo Russell but includes some of their young players. In the reported trade, the Lakers offered Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle to Chicago for Butler and Michael Carter-Williams. If the trade proceeds, it will definitely help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.
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