The Los Angeles Lakers have played some of their best ball as of late as they are currently on a three-game winning streak. The Lakers seem to finally be gelling on both ends of the floor and have thrived with Brandon Ingram running the point in Lonzo Ball’s stead.
There is plenty of speculation about what Los Angeles might do at the trade deadline given their desire to clear cap space in an attempt to sign superstars in the offseason. Although the team has walked that narrative back a bit, the avenues to offload some contracts are still on the table.
Pieces of the young core are always going to be brought up in trade rumors and according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Lakers may be looking to trade two of their longer-tenured players:
Lakers are using Larry Nance as a sweetener in deals involving Jordan Clarkson, league sources say. It's unclear which teams have interest, if any. Clarkson is signed through 2019-20 and teams are reluctant to take on pricey long-term contracts.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 8, 2018
Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. have each heard their names come up in trade talks, so it is not surprising to see them mentioned in potential deals together. Offering Nance as an extra asset to unload Clarkson’s contract makes some sense as reports have stated that teams league-wide are tightly holding first-round picks.
It will be interesting to see if the purple and gold make any moves given that offers for players like Julius Randle have not been very enticing. With only hours left to go, the Lakers appear to be content with standing pat.