NBA Trade Rumors: Lou Williams Only Lakers Veteran With Value

NBA Trade Rumors: Lou Williams Only Lakers Veteran With Value
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Lou Williams, the Los Angeles Lakers guard, can be had with the right deal, according to latest NBA Trade Rumors.


A few days ago, ESPN’s Mark Stein revealed that the Lakers have openly made Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Nick Young and Lou Williams available in trade talks ahead of the February 18 deadline. “We should note, however, that Hibbert possesses the only expiring contract in that quartet. Bass holds a $3.1 million player option for next season,” Stein wrote.

In all honesty, Hibbert, Young and Bass are unlikely to attract suitors. Hibbert is a shadow of the player who was once considered the best rim protector in the league. Young is far too inconsistent a shooter. And Bass wouldn’t get playing time for a playoff contender.

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Williams, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, is the only valuable asset from the veteran quartet. If we analyze the trade market, there are a number of assets that Williams can help land in the Purple & Gold.

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Let’s dive into a few potential trades:

For Timofey Mozgov and Mo Williams
ESPN Trade Machine: Approves
Why Cavaliers benefit: At this stage, the Cavs lack scoring punch off the bench. It’s fair to say that Iman Shumpert and Michael Dellavedova aren’t going to light it up on a given night. If the starters have a poor shooting night, Williams is the perfect player coming off the bench to help LeBron & Co.
Why Lakers benefit: The Lakers don’t have a reliable center. With Roy Hibbert gone next season, they are expected to pursue the likes of Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside. But Mozgov would be the perfect insurance cover and a back-up. Since Mozgov is an UFA next season, Lakers can lock him up.

For Brandon Jennings
ESPN Trade Machine: Approves
Why Pistons benefit: In Reggie Jackson, Detroit have already found their point guard of the future.  Despite coach Stan Van Gundy’s insistence that he wants to keep Jennings, it doesn’t make any sense since Jennings will be a free agent this summer. Williams still has two more years left in his contract.
Why Lakers benefit: With the D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson dynamic failing to click, it would be a wise move for L.A. to secure a veteran point guard. Surely, Jennings’ injury history is a worry aspect. But, Jennings has made a strong comeback and could be the floor general that L.A. need.

Stay tuned for more NBA Trade Rumors.