Mitch Kupchak is usually a tight lipped general manager. However, it seems he is being more open about his process. Tania Ganguli of the LA Times asked Mitch about being active in trade talks with the upcoming trade deadline. Here is what he had to say.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 16, 2017
The fact that he is so open with it tells me that not only are the Lakers active this year, but also close to a trade and are more likely than not to make one. That is the only reason Kupchak would abandon his usual tactic of not saying much. As for who is going to be traded, all signs point to Lou Williams. The fact is he doesn’t fit in the timeline of the team’s rebuild. His trade value, in my opinion, has never been higher. It is a must for Lou to be gone before February 23rd. It will be best for everyone involved. The Lakers get more assets, a playoff team gets a good scorer, and Lou gets to have his career mean something. Other candidates to be moved before the deadline could include Nick Young, for similar reasons, and Tarik Black, as the Lakers have a log jam of bigs. However, neither Young nor Black have the value or interest that Lou surely does. While I am sure they have tried, Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng are untradeable for the wrong reasons.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, we’ll soon see if these talks are empty, or hinting to something more. The only sure thing is that this is the most interesting trade deadline for Lakers fans in a long time.
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