After Kobe Bryant retired, the Los Angeles Lakers are rebuilding the team with the dream of continuing their legacy in the succeeding years. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers will be trading Julius Randle, Nick Young and Lou Williams for Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks.
Despite some improvements this offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers are still predicted to be the worst team in the Western Conference next season. In the recent free agency, the Lakers added veteran players like Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. However, they failed to acquire their main target Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant.
The Lakers have one of the most interesting young rosters in the league. Unfortunately, it will take years before some of their players fully develop and revive the Lakers’ legacy. The Lakers obviously need a veteran presence in their team who is also an All-Star caliber.
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According to Tyler Sellers of Soaring Down South, the Atlanta Hawks could be interested in sending Paul Millsap to the Los Angeles Lakers for Julius Randle together with some of their young assets.
“The Lakers will genuinely offer any one of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr. and perhaps even Brandon Ingram in a potential Millsap deal between now and then.” Sellers wrote.
Sources: Market for Paul Millsap has been strong, flurry of calls, trade proposals. Several teams tell me they've been active talking to ATL
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Paul Millsap has been involved in various trade rumors in the past months. The 31-year-old power forward is reportedly going to decline his player option next year and become a free agent. Trading him now will be the best option for the Hawks than letting him go without getting anything in return.
The departure of Al Horford and Jeff Teague ignites the rumors that Millsap will choose to become a free agent next year. Also, it remains questionable on how Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard can coexist in Hawks’ frontcourt. Both big men were ball dominants in their respective teams in the past seasons.
Ideally, the Lakers will not be risking to trade Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram for a player whose stay is questionable next year. However, the Lakers could offer Julius Randle, Lou Williams and Nick Young for Paul Millsap. This trade scenario works in the ‘ESPN Trade Machine’.
Julius Randle will undeniably fit in Mike Budenholzer’s system. If the trade proceeds, the Hawks should focus on providing the right chemistry for Randle and Howard. For the Lakers, Paul Millsap will be a great addition to speed up the rebuilding process of their team.
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