It is officially the trade season in the NBA. This means there will be reports about the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether they are making moves or not.
The constant social media debate of whether the Lakers need to trade shooting guard Lou Williams may just have been answered. Hoops Hype’s Alex Kennedy reports that an opposing general manager let it slip that the Lakers are indeed shopping the former 6 Man of the Year.
The Lakers have been secretive and tight lipped for years about potential moves. So news possibly coming from an opposing GM would make sense.
Kennedy states that he believe it “would seem likely (Los Angeles) will move him (Lou Williams) prior to the deadline.” The Lakers keeping their lottery pick this year would be a reason why Kennedy believes they may finally pull the trigger. The production Williams has provided off the bench has kept the Lakers in many games this season. With dealing the key reserve, those games may turn into even more loses.
Keeping Williams would be fine in some cases. He provides valuable production on a team friendly contract. So why deal him?
Simple. He is 30, on a 20 something win team, a known ball stopper, plays little defense and that contract has value for teams wanting to compete. Add in the news that Kevin Love will be out for six weeks for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors making a move for Serge Ibaka, other teams may feel the pressure to buy.
Lou’s flaws are apparent, but what he does is valuable, especially for teams that are desperate for bench scoring. There are several teams that could use his services, especially in the east, as teams try to take advantage of Cleveland being without two key contributors (Love and JR Smith).
The Lakers would appear like they will take advantage and flip Lou Williams for more young potential assets. What the Lakers will be seeking exactly is up in the air, but they will likely want picks or young assets. These additions would only continue to add to the young core.
After many had expected yet another quiet deadline, the Lakers may finally start using proper asset management.