The Los Angeles Lakers are 25-27 and sit ninth in the Western Conference.
At the moment, the expectation is that the front office will do everything imaginable to change the roster up to some degree.
No move is too big or too small.
With that in mind: who is the likeliest Laker to get dealt ahead of February’s NBA Trade deadline?
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Kent Bazemore is the likeliest Laker to be moved.
“The Lakers are searching to find Kent Bazemore a new home after he opened the season as a starter,” he wrote.
“And while it’s believed Paul Millsap would prefer to land in Chicago, having a connection to Bulls lead executive Arturas Karnisovas from their shared Denver days, Los Angeles has been mentioned as a suitor for Millsap should he reach the buyout market.”
Bazemore began the season as a member of the starting five, but quickly fell out of the rotation. There was initially hope that LA secured a steal in the two-way player, what with him being on a one-year, $2.4 million contract – but that proved not to be the case.
Despite how things have gone, Bazemore has remained optimistic.
Vogel said Kent Bazemore has been a “10 out of 10 with his attitude and his character…In light of a difficult circumstance…he’s been a bright spot of our season with his character and his willingness to be active in the film sessions and honor the work.”
— Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA) February 2, 2022
It will be interesting to see where LA goes from here.
There was some talk about a Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall trade with the Houston Rockets (the plan was so legit that even Wall offered his take on it). Besides that, the Lakers have been connected to one little trade and two ‘realistic’ role players. Time will tell if anything eventually happens on either front.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/lRniycVCSO
— Game 7 (@game7__) February 2, 2022
The next week promises to be telling. Whatever moves the Lakers do or don’t end up making could have massive ramifications for what sort of end-of-season run they’ll ultimately be able to put together.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.