Lakers Tradable Veterans
The Lakers acquired some notable veterans this off-season that some pegged as questionable but now we can see that at least for some of them a trade could be in their future. With the Lakers headed towards the draft lotto it may be best to load up on picks and other young talent moving forward. Let’s explore the Lakers tradable assets and how their trade value has changed this season.
Lou Williams: ↑↑ Way Up
“Sweet” Lou Williams has worked his way out of a slight slump and has been putting up big numbers, particularly when Kobe sat a few games with a sore shoulder. On offense he’s a major threat to go off and score 20+. He’s found a better shooting rhythm and hasn’t been shooting as many contested jumpers.
He’s shooting 35% from behind the arc and 45% on two point field goal attempts. But he’s got this knack of drawing fouls that’s invaluable when putting defenders into foul trouble. His biggest complaints were his size, and defense but he’s actually been solid on the defensive end. He’s hustling, coming on steals and just putting in a level if effort that many didn’t expect. He just dropped a career high 44 points against OKC.
Last year’s Sixth Man of the Year would be an upgrade to many team’s benches, particularly teams that need scoring. All this on a friendly three year 21 million dollar contract.
Possible Destinations: Milwaukee, Charlotte, Memphis
Nick Young: – Steady?
Swaggy P has been and always will be a score first guard. He’s not going to play much defense but he’s the perfect sparkplug off the bench. He can and will get his own shot, which seems to be rarer and rarer nowadays. His 38% shooting from the three point line is respectable. The energy he brings is great for turning the moment of a game. He’s not much of a passer, rebounder, or a defender. So that makes his trade options very slim. His three year 15 million dollar contract is relatively team friendly so he may have to be part of a package deal.
Possible Destinations : Washington, Utah, Memphis
Roy Hibbert: ↓↓ Way Down
“ Slow Roy” hasn’t been able to find his groove like he was hoping to. In fact he’s been looking worse and worse as the season moves on. His offense is abysmal. He has a soft touch around the rim and a midrange jumper but nothing is going in for him. He’s scoring 6.8 pts per game on 43% shooting, which is pretty bad for a center. The only solid aspect of his offense is his 84% free throw shooting. However, the Lakers offensive system is too reliant on one-on-one match-ups leaving Hibbert on an island is a recipe for failure. On defense Hibbert is still a rim protector and in the right system can be very effective. His rebounding numbers, 6.8 a game, look pretty underwhelming for a 7’2” center but it’s his defensive instincts that are to blame. Last season the Pacers had a top ten defensive rating, despite losing both Lance Stephenson and Paul George. Roy Hibbert had a lot to do with that. The Lakers’ wing defenders are letting anyone get to the paint, once there Hibbert rotates to defend the rim. Hibbert sacrifices defensive rebounding position in order to contest shots. If placed in a better defensive system Hibbert can be a valuable rim protector and deterrent in the paint.
Possible destinations: Phoenix, Toronto, Dallas
Brandon Bass: ↑ Way Up
Bass started the season paired with the just awful Ryan Kelly, making for one of the worst front court combos the NBA had probably ever seen. Thankfully Byron Scott stopped putting Ryan Kelly in the game, but Bass was still trying to adjust to suddenly playing the five position. That adjustment period is over and Bass is playing some good basketball. He brings it every single night and is a constant positive presence. He hustles on the boards and has returned to his defensive form. On offense he’s a perfect pick and roll or pick and pop option. With a 3 million dollar player option Bass is an effective and very cheap option for a contender that wants to bolster their front court.
Possible destinations: Houston, Atlanta, Toronto, Washington,https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/12333-2/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/504136932.jpg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/504136932.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AnalysisBasketballLA LakersNBAPacific DivisionRecent PostsStuds and Ugs#Brandon Bass,LA,LA Lakers,Los Angeles Lakers,Lou Williams,Nick Young,Roy Hibbert,Tradable assets,Trade Chip The Lakers acquired some notable veterans this off-season that some pegged as questionable but now we can see that at least for some of them a trade could be in their future. With the Lakers headed towards the draft lotto it may be best to load up on picks...Michael GomezMichael Gomezmichaelgom3@gmail.comEditorMichael Gomez grew up on a healthy diet of sports and video games and has continued to enjoy both throughout his life. A student of California State University Channel Islands, Michael is majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Naturally the combined interests in writing and sports lead to his involvement in sports media. When he's not meticulously following the NBA season, he's working on his fiction story, playing video games or enjoying a bite to eat. Follow him on twitter @MichaelGom3MyFantasySportsTalk