After losing nine straight games, the Los Angeles Lakers finally got back on track by defeating the Atlanta Hawks, 132-113. It was a balanced effort for the Lakers, as each of their core players contributed on the offensive end and competed on the defensive side.
Even with the win, Los Angeles is still only 12-27 for the 2017-2018 NBA season and will almost certainly miss the postseason. As a result, several players will hear their names as the February trade deadline approaches.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, it appears that Jordan Clarkson has the best odds to be traded:
Per an Eastern Conference executive, Clarkson is probably the most attractive of the three rumored players, followed by Nance, then Randle, who he called an undersized center who will expect to be compensated this summer.”
Perimeter players are always in demand in the modern NBA, and Clarkson would be a serviceable guard on almost any roster. He is also under contract for the next two years, giving teams the opportunity to see if he is worth holding onto if the Lakers decided to move on from him.
Moving a player like Clarkson would go a long way in clearing enough cap space to sign max free agents like Paul George or LeBron James. Expect more names on the purple and gold roster to come up in trade talks.