The Los Angeles Lakers are active in trade talks with less than a month to go before the February deadline. There’s been a lot of talk about the Lakers potentially trading Russell Westbrook, but the team also appears to be exploring smaller potential trades. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that the Lakers are seeking a deal involving Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore.
“The Lakers have little trading flexibility, but that hasn’t stopped Los Angeles from exploring various potential deals,” Fischer explained to Trade Value Jan. 13, and that combination won’t be nearly enough to land Grant or Turner. But the Lakers have called competing teams to assess the commercial value of DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore, sources said.
The retail value of these three veterans remains to be seen. The bigger payoff in these potential deals could be the Lakers creating additional roster spots for future buyout candidates.
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Jordan appears to have fallen out of favor with the Lakers when the team turned to Dwight Howard as a starting center. Veterans center has been the one constant across various trade reports as the Lakers look to improve their roster. Heading into the new year, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Lakers could eventually fire Jordan to open an additional roster slot.
“One team to watch is the Lakers [the] Lakers have a full roster and they’re cost sensitive,” Windhorst noted during the Dec. 28 edition of The Hoop Collective podcast. “But DeAndre Jordan is playing very badly for them, and basically LeBron is playing a lot of minutes in the middle right now. I don’t think he starts in the middle, but in the second half at Christmas they started him in the middle…or they played Carmelo in the middle for a few minutes, which was ridiculous.
“There could be a situation where the Lakers are like, we’re going to cut DeAndre Jordan to keep a player, possibly if Stanley Johnson works or something.”
The Lakers have been linked to a number of players in trade rumours, with the latest report linking the team to swinger Gary Trent Jr. Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype reported that the Lakers were conducting their “due diligence” on Trent for a potential deal.
“The Los Angeles Lakers have conducted their due diligence across the league and have expressed an interest in Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr., according to league sources,” Scotto noted Jan. 12. “One of several players they checked in with. However, I don’t currently see a deal between these teams as Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn would likely need to be involved from a salary perspective.”
The most tradable Lakers player outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is Talen Horton-Tucker. If the Lakers want to land a player who can help them this season, the deal likely needs to include the promising swingman.