We’re just about a month away from the NBA Trade Deadline, and two familiar names have been thrown around in rumors as of late.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers are set to be sellers at the trade deadline, and former Wildcat Julius Randle will likely be on the move as a result.
“The Lakers have made it clear that Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance are available,” he said.
In the report, Wojnarowski claims the Lakers are desperately looking to shed salary to clear cap space for free agency this summer, with Paul George and LeBron James as the most rumored players of interest. If they bring in a major talent, they would be able to match any offer for the former Kentucky big man, but would not want to be locked in the luxury tax for a guy they don’t see as a long-term piece for the franchise. As a result, it is extremely likely we see a mutual breakup between both parties sooner rather than later.
While Randle may be on his way out of Los Angeles, another former Wildcat is considered untouchable by his organization. Wojnarowski reports the New Orleans Pelicans will not listen to trade offers for DeMarcus Cousins, and the organization will do whatever it takes to keep him in a Pelicans uniform when he becomes a free agent this summer.
“New Orleans is determined to re-sign center DeMarcus Cousins and hasn’t invited trade offers on him,” he said.
Nerlens Noel has also been a rumored trade target for several teams, and there are always some surprises as the deadline comes in February, but it’s looking like the only major move surrounding the BBNBA will be Randle.
We need to see him on a winning team, anyway.