NBA Rumors: Lakers Keeping Young Talent, Shopping Lou Williams

by NESN Staff

February 21, 2017

The Los Angeles Lakers promoted Magic Johnson to president of basketball operations Tuesday, and with the NBA trade deadline a mere two days away, he already has fielded calls from several general managers, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.

The Lakers have a gluttony of young talent in point guard D’Angelo Russell, forward Brandon Ingram and forward Julius Randle. Johnson said that he plans on trying to keep that nucleus intact and has received the most calls about guard Lou Williams, according to Medina.

According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Charlotte Hornets are one of the teams that are “aggressively pursuing” the veteran guard.

Williams could provide instant offense off the bench for a contending team. The explosive guard is averaging 18.6 points per game for the Lakers and is under contract for a team-friendly $7 million next season.

But the Hornets aren’t the only team that is interested in Williams.

The Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz also have inquired about the 12-year veteran, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Ian Begley, citing sources. Begley also notes that the Lakers reportedly are asking for a first-round pick in return for Williams as they continue to try and rebuild through the draft.

Thumbnail photo via Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports Images

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