All 30 teams in the NBA have until Feb. 18 to make trades to improve their rosters with the playoffs right around the corner. As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be ready to make some deals with four veterans players on the squad reportedly on the trading block.
On Jan. 28, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Lakers have let it be known that some of the team’s veterans are available via trade. General manager Mitch Kupchak and company have let it be known that the following four veterans are on the trading block in Los Angeles:
Denver is making no secret of veteran forward JJ Hickson’s availability. Ditto for the Los Angeles Lakers and a number of veterans on their roster: Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Nick Young and Lou Williams.
With a few weeks left before the NBA trade deadline, the Lakers could be one of the most active teams on the trade market. Although it remains uncertain whether the team will get much interest in Lou Williams, Brandon Bass, Nick Young, and Roy Hibbert, it’s possible their veterans could attract playoff contenders.
At this point, with only nine wins on the season thus far, the Lakers brass appears ready to cut their losses. Los Angeles is headed for another disappointing end to an NBA season with all signs pointing to the storied NBA franchise missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year.
As the Lakers gauge trade interest in some of their veteran players, it’ll be interesting to see which players the team may be targeting in return. Los Angeles may want to stock up on draft picks while clearing contracts that go beyond this season.
Unless there’s a deal the Lakers can’t refuse, the team’s talented young core will likely be intact when the buzzer sounds on the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 18. D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and Larry Nance Jr. appear to be safe at the moment with the front office intent on these four players being the future of the franchise.