Magic Johnson is the new President of Basketball Operations after Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, and suddenly, every Lakers fan is excited because of this new era.
The Lakers are currently 19-40 and it's certain they will not play in the NBA Playoffs this year. Now, when everyone expects great moves from Magic Johnson, we have listed the top 5 trades Lakers fans want to see today.
If just one trade happens, we can say well done Mr. Magic Johnson.
Laker Land: Welcome Back, Paul George
New York Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings recently posted a tweet saying ‘Paul George to L.A next watch’. Almost immediately after he posted the tweet, Jennings deleted it. The question is – Does Jennings know something we don’t?
Magic Johnson will try to land Pacers star Paul George, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
For teams considering a trade for George, here’s the risk: As a free agent in the summer of 2018, he has considered re-signing with Indiana or joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell The Vertical.
Teams trading for George run the risk of losing the four-time All-Star to a Lakers franchise that will have the salary-cap space to sign him in 2018. The Lakers’ hiring of Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations will be an interesting twist to George’s free-agent recruitment, given that Johnson has been something of a George family icon going back to George’s childhood in nearby Palmdale, Calif.
Magic will not want to wait one year for Paul George and Indiana will risk too much if they don't trade him over the summer. Paul George is an ideal player for the Los Angeles Lakers and he will be the first superstar after the departure of Kobe Bryant.
What can the Los Angeles Lakers offer to the Indiana Pacers? D'Angello Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Luol Deng and a 2018 second round draft pick from Denver will be a fair offer for Paul George.
Lakers will keep Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and if they protect the 1st round pick from 2017 (it is Top 3 protected), they will have a young nucleus and Paul George for the upcoming season.
Jimmy Butler and the Los Angeles Lakers
Jimmy Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league, averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. He is the best player in Chicago, but if Bulls want to start rebuilding, they have to start as soon as possible. Dwyane Wade is a free agent next season and it will be very tough to resign him if they don't play in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Chicago has many players they need to trade as soon as possible, such Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez, so they can start a new era with Denzel Valentine, Bobby Portis and their future top picks.
They tried 6 seasons with Jimmy Butler and they didn't succeed. Now, it's time to make some moves for players who are the best for the future of the franchise.
What can the Los Angeles Lakers offer to the Chicago Bulls? D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Timofey Mozgov and a 2018 second round draft pick from Denver.
Chicago will have a good backcourt with Russell and Clarkson, and they if they combine them with Valentine and Portis, they will finally have a young team and they can build their future from the ground up.
The Best Dream: Damian Lillard
According to Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net, the Trail Blazers are willing to listen to offers for Lillard, although the price tag appears high.
Yes, this will be a big shock for every fan, because nobody expects this move today, but what about in the summer? Magic Johnson is a winner and he wants to win with the Los Angeles Lakers. He will not wait 5 years to build a new team, he will try to land a superstar as soon as possible.
Damian Lillard will not win an NBA title with the Portland Trail Blazers. Why? Because they have already spent so much money for Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe. They don't have any future top picks and they will always stay in the middle of the Western Conference.
What can the Los Angeles Lakers offer to the Portland Trail Blazers? D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Thomas Robinson.
The Lakers will have a promising starting lineup with Lillard, Clarkson, Ingram and Zubac, and if they can land Paul George in 2018 and sign a solid backup big man, we will see them hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2020.
The Other Side Of LA: Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin will become a free agent in July and the Los Angeles Clippers will risk losing him next season. He has already spent 7 years with the Clippers, has he ever won something with them? Of course not. If he hasn't won with CP3 and DeAndre Jordan, why give them another chance when you can play with the young players and try to win with the Los Angeles Lakers?
Clippers like this scenario: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng for Blake Griffin.
They will finally have a good backup for Chris Paul, plus they will have a young power forward and Luol Deng who is a good defender.
Chris Paul will turn Julius Randle into a double-double machine, and they will form a better team than they have right now.
On the other side of LA, Magic Johnson will be happy to see a starting lineup consisting of D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Blake Griffin and Ivica Zubac.
The Prince of LA: Klay Thompson
The Golden State Warriors have the best starting lineup in the league and we all want to see another back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back NBA Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.
They already have two great 3-point shooters in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson is their 4th best player. Yeah, Klay is scoring 22.1 points, but he is in the shadow of Curry, Durant and Draymond Green.
If he wants to become a leader, he has to change teams. And where is a better destination than Los Angeles?
What can LA offer to the Warriors? Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Luol Deng.
Simple as that, the Warriors will have a great combination with Draymond Green and Julius Randle (small ball lineup with Durant, Iguodala and Curry). Jordan Clarkson will play as the backup, and Luol Deng will replace Andre Iguodala, who is a free agent in 2017.
Los Angeles will get Klay Thompson and fans will watch Klay drop 35, 50, 55, 40, 37, 39, 48, 57, even 65 points from Klay Thompson almost every night.
C'mon Magic... you have to try to land one of the best scorers in the game. If Paul George signs with the Lakers, maybe they can use Russell and Ingram to land another superstar in Los Angeles?
What do you think, who is the best player who can help Los Angeles win an NBA Championship after 7 years (and counting)?