From today NBA sides are available to trade players who penned new contracts in the offseason.
It means the Lakers can free-up some budget to try and bolster their ranks as they look to cement their play-off position.
And ESPN suggest Magic Johnson will continue his pursuit of Phoenix Suns’ Trevor Ariza – who came close to joining Washington Wizards last night.
It is said the Lakers will send Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Philadelphia 76ers, who in turn will let Markelle Fultz head to the Suns.
ESPN reporter Royce Young notes: “Trades are supposed to be beneficial for all parties involved.
“Although the Sixers probably would be looking for a little more than a player on an expiring deal for someone just two years removed from being the consensus No 1 overall pick, adding Caldwell-Pope could be a big boost if Philly is indeed all in for the present.
“Caldwell-Pope holds veto power on a deal because of the one-year Bird restrictions, but the Sixers have a need for shooting and wing depth.
“He could build his value before hitting free agency.
“Fultz gets a shot at a fresh start and lessened attention, the Suns get a low-risk, high-reward player at a position of great need, and the Lakers add a proven playoff wing. Good, good, good, right?”
Following that, ESPN also suggest the Lakers could make a shock move for Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington.
However, the experienced shooter could come at a cost as Michael Beasley, Isaac Bonga and the Lakers’ 2021 second-round pick could be swapped.
Reporter Ian Begley commented: “This isn’t the kind of trade that leads SportsCenter, but it’s a secondary move that could give Los Angeles some much-needed shooting.
“This deal probably happens only if Miami decides to depart from its win-now approach and rebuild the roster (something many in the NBA doubt will happen this season under Pat Riley).
“The Lakers would likely have to add a second-round pick and a young player such as Bonga to get Miami to consider moving the 31-year-old Ellington, who is shooting 37.4 percent from 3 on 7.2 attempts per game.”