After promises of resurecting tha Lakers franchise, Magic Johnson has quickly watched his team dismantle into complete dispair. After ending a 9-game losing streak yesterday, the Lakers are the second wort team in the NBA, and sit at the bottom of the Western Conference.
And in light of the team’s failures, it appears as if they’re ready to finally make some moves.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com has reported that Los Angeles has made Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson available in trade talks while adding that “there’s a mutual desire to find something sooner than later.” In the same report, Woj notes that the Lakers have essentially given up their hopes on trading Luol Deng, with his ridiculously overpriced contract proving to be immovable.
With these plans going public, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Lakers are focusing on clearing cap-space to sign a max free-agent over the summer (hello, Paul George and LeBron James). And while their chances of doing so are still somewhat realistic, the odds are quickly dropping as the Lakers continue to lose games.
Will Magic and Pelinka find a suitable offer for part of their young core? Even if they do, will it be enough to dig them out of this disastrous season? As the deadline draws near, those are the questions every Laker fan has on their mind right now.