Report: No Lakers player is ‘untouchable’ during trade talks
After a couple years of rebuilding, the Los Angeles Lakers are very young — and very talented. The new-age Lakers are now heading into their first offseason where they can be aggressive in acquiring big-name players.
The Lakers have been rumored to be in the hunt for LeBron James, Paul George, and even Kawhi Leonard. However, it has been reported that the Spurs might not be open to trading within the Western Conference.
As the Lakers gear up to acquire top players, Magic Johnson and the Lakers front office will be open to trading anybody on the current team.
“While they like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of trade and free-agent negotiations.
“To be clear, the Lakers are not actively shopping any of their players. They are willing to listen to offers and could move one of them — even a member of the talented young cadre of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram or Josh Hart — if an offer blows them away.”
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If the Lakers want to sign LeBron and contend for a title next season, the best option might be to deal one or two of the above players. A lot of teams in the NBA are currently searching for young talent without the a contract attached to them. Both Kuzma and Hart are still on rookie deals, paving the way for a lot of interest.
The Lakers should capitalize on the upside of players like Josh Hart and Kuzma to get a big return on a potential trade. If the Lakers were to try and trade for Leonard, one or even two of their young players would have to go to San Antonio. Nobody thought Kawhi would ever be on the trading block and now that he is, the Lakers should capitalize.