The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season, not only because of LeBron James’ arrival but also because they have such a bright future ahead of them and it’s nice to see young studs blossom into the ballers we hope they’re going to be.
Moreover, this team was one of the most active franchises in the offseason, as they wanted to surround LeBron James with as much talent as possible in order to finally put an end to their playoff drought.
Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that some of those offseason acquisitions haven’t fared nearly half as good as we all expected, and now that we head towards December 15th, they’re finally going to be eligible to be dealt away. Today, we’re going to let you know about the 6 Lakers players that are going to be eligible to be traded in a couple of days.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was quite a solid player for the Los Angeles Lakers the prior campaign, but Josh Hart’s surge and LeBron James’ presence have made him quite expendable nowadays.
KCP could be a great pickup for a contending team because of his 3 and D expertise, and he’s a prime trade candidate for an organization loaded with better talents at cheaper contracts, to be honest.
Rajon Rondo was the Lakers starting point guard at the start of the season, but a suspension against the Rockets and some injuries played in Lonzo Ball’s favor to hand him the keys of the car at LA.
The veteran point guard is making around 9 million dollars per year and the team is not likely going to keep him beyond this season with them so high in Lonzo Ball, so he’s a prime trade candidate before the deadline.
When the Lakers first signed Michael Beasley, we all thought he was going to be a huge part of their rotation and even a prime 6th Man of the Year candidate, but so far, he’s failed to live up to those expectations.
Beasley has been out of the rotation for most of the season and is a prime trade candidate, as his 3.5 million dollars one-year contract could be easily added in a potential move to get more actual help for James.
JaVale McGee has been quite solid for the Lakers so far, as he’s been quite productive while earning minimum money, even though they needed to bring Tyson Chandler on board to fix their rim protection woes.
We don’t see any trade scenario where the Lakers would be interested in getting rid of JaVale, especially considering they lack a bit of depth at the center spot. Still, anything can happen in this league.
Lance Stephenson has been quite inconsistent for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, but that’s just the way he’s always been. Nonetheless, he’s been a net positive for them, at least when it comes to advanced stats.
Obviously, Stephenson doesn’t come without a high risk, but the Lakers are not likely to move him unless they need his salary to make a deal work in order to get another Superstar before the deadline.
LeBron James is eligible to be traded as well, but c’mon, let’s not fool anybody. There’s simply no way on earth that Pelinka and Johnson are even slightly interested in moving James, not even for the Golden State Warriors starting 5.
James has been his usual self to start the season and is currently leading the post-Kobe Bryant Lakers to success, and even though they’re still two-thirds of the season to look forward to, the future seems quite bright for the organization.