Despite missing rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers have a win streak going thanks to the superb play of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Larry Nance Jr. has also seen an uptick in his play recently, and it’s paying off in the win column.
However, Clarkson, Randle, and Nance are all rumored to be on the trade block for the Lakers as we approach the February 8th trade deadline. On this episode of the LN Podcast, Trevor Lane and Hannah Kulik discuss whether not the recent stretch of strong play will change the team’s mind about dealing any of these players.
Clarkson, in particular, has been spectacular in the last two Lakers wins. He is scoring efficiently and is even starting to flash some of the playmaking skills that he showed in 2014-2015 when he secured a spot on the first-team all-rookie squad. However, he’s often considered to be the most moveable piece on the Lakers’ roster thanks to his long-term deal.
If they want to be able to land a pair of max free agents, the Lakers will almost certainly need to find a new home for at least one of Randle and Clarkson, and it isn’t out of the question to see both jettisoned elsewhere.
With GM Rob Pelinka’s recent comments about the team potentially not making a trade if an opportunity doesn’t present itself, it’s possible that the team will instead wait until next summer to make a splash.
Additionally, we take a look at the latest names to hit the trade market. Might the Lakers be interested in working out a deal for Rodney Hood, DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Favors, or Kemba Walker?
We break it all down and more, just click the player above.
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