Lakers Trade 2016 – The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the teams that are surprisingly good at the early part of the 2016-2017 NBA regular season.
The good start has some Lakers fans asking if they are good enough to make the NBA Playoffs and if they should think about trading for a superstar to lead to the postseason.
With the surprise success, the NBA rumors linking them to superstars like DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings is expected.
Featuring a new coach (Luke Walton) and young players, the Lakers were expected to be a lottery team again this season. Some experts even had the battling for the league’s worst record again, against the likes of the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.
But the early success this season could be giving Lakers management ideas about contending for the playoffs this year. If they can flip one or two of their young players for a legit young superstar and franchise cornerstone, would the Lakers be better off this year and the future?
Previous NBA trade rumors involve Cousins going to the Lakers for two of their young guys from the group of Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. The same rumored deal can be revisited by the Lakers and the Kings if they want to change the core of their franchise for the future.
Lakers trade for star big man, to push LA to playoffs?
In a possible deal, the Lakers will send Russell, Randle and Jose Calderon’s contract for Cousins, who becomes the focal point of the offense in Walton’s system.
Los Angeles remains a promising team that could contend for a playoff spot this season with a core of Cousins, Clarkson, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, Nick Young and Lou Williams.
Sacramento finally moves on from the Cousins era and they rebuild with two young players that can potentially become stars in the next few years.
Is this exchange good for the Kings and Lakers? DeMarcus Cousins in NBA rumors will be expected if Sacramento continues to struggle. Meanwhile, a Lakers trade can be expected if Los Angeles continues playing well this season.
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