Lakers Trade Talks: Luke Walton contemplates sending Brandon Ingram to 76ers for Nerlens Noel

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
PHOTOGRAPH: TonyTheTiger/Wikimedia Commons | Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are trying their best to rebuild and form a strong team, but expectations are high for them to meet. Trade rumors suggest the Lakers send Brandon Ingram in exchange for Nerlens Noel of the 76ers.

At a glance, the deal would seem very off,  but expectations for Ingram have not been met and the Lakers front office sees getting him is a bust. Now the team wants to make use of Ingram as trade bait to lure a practical asset to their roster. Shipping Ingram would give them the luxury in rebuilding their team more.

Luke Walton wants to repackage and rebrand the Lakers, but Ingram’s game has failed to impress the team’s leadership. Ingram’s inability to support the team’s core players makes him vulnerable to a trade.

Getting Noel would give the Lakers with another solid player who could blend well with the Walton’s system. He could be another offensive option aside from D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson. Noel is young who could easily blend in with the Lakers’ system, possibly more efficient that Ingram.

Though Noel has played three years for a struggling team, but his personal productivity could be an asset the Lakers need. Noel averages 11.1 points with 8.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Even though the 76ers are still at the bottom of the team standings, teams are already inquiring about his services.

This would be a great opportunity for the Lakers to take advantage with since Ingram still needs time to advance with his skills. ESPN’s trade machine agrees that the deal would be beneficial to both the Lakers and the 76ers but it will still in their respective front office to discuss.

The Lakers want to make an impression right away this season and it seems things are not going according to as planned. Both sides have yet to confirm any trade scenarios and it would be interesting how it would push through.

Aside from the Lakers, Noel is also linked to the Phoenix Suns for a trade as well and it will be worthy to note which teams will be able to make the deal before the deadline.

Photo Courtesy: TonyTheTiger/Creative Commons

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