The young Los Angeles Lakers aren’t doing so well this season. They currently sit at a dismal record of 15-30 and 13th in the Western Conference, which is just above the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. The Philadelphia 76ers have the Lakers 1st-round pick, which is top 3 protected. Currently the Lakers are out of the top-three, so the 76ers would acquire that pick.
Since the Lakers must do terrible for the rest of the season or maybe just pray they get lucky in the lottery. They should just do the best they can. However, this young and unexperienced roster won’t win many games.
During the off-season, the Lakers brought in veterans such as Luol Deng, Jose Calderon, and Timofey Mozgov. While with the second-overall pick drafting the raw Brandon Ingram. But these acquisitions aren’t paying off for the Lakers. So there leaves in the question, should the Lakers make a block-buster move?
The correct answer is yes.
Possible players that the Lakers could acquire via trade:
1. Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat.
The Heat are in full-rebuild mode after the departure of Dwayne Wade and a very-unfortunate injury to young star Justise Winslow. Whiteside would be a perfect piece to this Lakers team, who could possibly give up Lou Williams, Timofey Mozgov and a few future picks.
2. Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Nerlens Noel has been on the trade block mostly all season with the emergence of rookie Joel Embiid and 2nd year player Jahlil Okafor. Noel would fit perfectly with the Lakers team, with adding some much needed post-scoring and post-defense. If you want more on Noel and the Lakers, click here: http://hoopsnations.com/report-lakers-looking-into-a-possible-nerlens-noel-trade/
3. Maurice Harkless of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Harkless has a been a decent player this year for the Trail Blazers, but he is getting paid roughly 10 million per season for the next 4 seasons, which is way too much for the Blazers and their recent off-season signings. He’s young and would bring 3 point shooting and defense to this Lakers team.
4. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Davis would be a very long-shot for the Lakers, but he wouldn’t be impossible to acquire still. Davis is the star of the Pelicans, and arguably a top-10 player in the NBA. Injuries have been holding him back this season, and the Pelicans could be shopping him for that reason. But that’s a whole different story.
Then there’s to argument that the Lakers could somehow trade for their pick from the 76ers, but the 76ers wouldn’t give that up without the right price.