The Lakers might have LeBron James, but they’re still not giving up their young guys for nothing.
In a report by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, there’s only one condition in which the Lakers would give up one of their four young guys.
“The Lakers won’t surrender Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma or Josh Hart to the Phoenix Suns in their pursuit of forward Trevor Ariza, said people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Lakers have informed teams that have called about trade proposals that they will not give up any of their young core unless it’s for a superstar player, one person said. The Suns were turned down when they sought to get one of the Lakers’ young players in exchange for Ariza, and Phoenix also rejected a three-team deal that was discussed with the Lakers.”
Since these guys were drafted a few seasons ago, the Lakers have been intent on not trading them. Strange thing is, none of them are proving themselves to be stars, either.
Lonzo is averaging a little over 9 points and still can’t shoot. Kyle Kuzma is scoring a nice 17.9 points per game but plays little to no defense when he’s on the floor and may have already peaked. Josh Hart is the perfect fit alongside LeBron but is he really worth keeping around if it means losing the chance to trade for someone else?
And Brandon Ingram, who’s said to be the most promising of the bunch, just can’t seem to take the next step.
There’s a lot of flaws and doubt with this young L.A. core. That much cannot be denied.
For Magic Johnson and the Lakers, however, they’re going to stick with them anyway — that is, unless they get an already established superstar in return, of course.