The Lakers have already made one move ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, sending their leading scorer Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets in return for a first round pick and Corey Brewer. According to Ramona Shelburne, they might not be done yet . While the team is expected to make its pitch for Paul George, they are far more likely to trade Nick Young or Jose Calderon. In addition to Shelburne’s report, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Lakers are seeking a second round pick for Young:
Does Magic Johnson have another trade in store in his debut week? ESPN sources say his Lakers are seeking a second-round pick for Nick Young
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
This should not be shocking at all. The Lakers would be wise to move both. Young has enjoyed the comeback of the century. In the summer it seemed like he wouldn’t be on an NBA roster, but he has been a knock down shooter and has even put effort into defense. A team that is in need for scoring off the bench or wing depth would certainly be interested in his services. For example, a team like the Toronto Raptors would be a good suitor. He will likely not be a Laker come next year as he has a player option this summer and it might not be worth it for the Lakers to keep him at his asking price.
The market for Jose Calderon probably isn’t as good. With a salary of over $7 million, it will be difficult to match numbers and he isn’t a rotation player on a lottery team, let alone a playoff team. Still, a team that is desperate for guard depth may part with a second round pick for the Spanish point guard. He also is an expiring contract and a solid locker room presence, so he offers no risk to any team that chooses to trade for him.
Young had the two best seasons of his career as a Laker in his first and last years with the team. The front office would be wise to capitalize on his success this time around. Just taking on Calderon netted the Lakers two 2nd round picks, so if they can get another for him then it would be one of the more clever moves in the NBA. We won’t have to wait long to find out what happens.