Lakers Rumors: Analyzing Buzz on Possible Nick Young, Roy Hibbert Trades

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2015

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While the Los Angeles Lakers haven't been able to attract a marquee free agent this offseason, they've made a few moves to set themselves up for success in the future. And they may not be done just yet.

The Lakers are in a bit of a tough position. They can't simply blow the team up and start from scratch because Kobe Bryant would surely never allow it. But even signing Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge or acquiring DeMarcus Cousins would've made playoff contention a tall order next year.

Los Angeles is pretty much treading water until Bryant retires.

At least things won't be as bad as last year, and the trio of Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson will be fun to watch in 2015-16.

As the Lakers look to finish up their summer business, these two trades will be worth following.

Nick Young Possibly on the Way Out

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The writing was pretty much on the wall when the Lakers agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with Lou Williams, per ESPN.com. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times feels the likely signing is almost a do-over with regard to adding Nick Young a few years ago:

Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan

The Lakers hoped Nick Young would be NBA sixth man of the year at some point. It hasn't happened. So they went and got Lou Williams today.

Not to mention there's almost no way Williams, Bryant and Young can share one basketball given their affinity for shooting. Putting them together would be a recipe for disaster in the eyes of NBA.com's John Schuhmann:

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On Lou Williams & the Lakers: http://t.co/LJhlz3wI1i http://t.co/IBkrFMa9uo

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Here's the full top 20 for those curious. #SportVU http://t.co/XURG1KdF0W

The most expendable of the three is Swaggy P, and Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Los Angeles is exploring its options regarding a trade.

As much fun as it has been watching Young in L.A., dealing him to another team makes sense for the Lakers. Doing so would eliminate a possible lineup headache for head coach Byron Scott and free up cap space and/or potentially bring the Lakers back an asset.

Young is never going to change. Sometimes, he'll have nights when everything's clicking; other nights, everything is clanking.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers can turn J.R. Smith into an integral part of a conference champion, then the right team could make proper use of Young's talents. He's bound to attract some sort of interest for the Lakers, and they'd be foolish not to bite.

More Details on Proposed Roy Hibbert Trade

It's essentially a foregone conclusion at this point that the Lakers will acquire Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers. The only question is what the terms will be.

Bresnahan reported Saturday that an undisclosed second-round pick would be the cost to trade for the two-time All-Star. A day later, Wojnarowski reported Los Angeles could throw a player into the deal as well.

Whatever the price, L.A. shouldn't have to part with much. Pacers team president Larry Bird all but showed Hibbert the door during Indiana's regular-season postmortem.

"We assume he's going to be back and if he comes back, we're probably going to play another style," he said in April, per Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star. "And I can't guarantee him anything. He's going to have to earn it."

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but Hardwood Paroxysm's Ian Levy wonders whether this deal—which is a necessity for Los Angeles—would result in a net gain for the Lakers:

There is no long-term cost for the Lakers–Hibbert will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. They have the cap space to absorb his weighty, mis-valued contract and he will make them better. He will also make them frustrated. In an offense that will revolve mostly around the individual talents of Kobe Bryant and D’Angelo Russell, Hibbert will clog the area around the basket, uglying up the Lakers’ offense in many of the same ways he will an opponent’s. He will probably post-up a handful of times a game and they will not go well. Despite his size and general proximity to the basket, he will take advantage of precious few Kobe Assists (offensive rebounds). He will make the Lakers better and will shrink their world at the same time.

In terms of on-court returns, Hibbert's arrival could provide minimal value toward a playoff push.

However, if it helps improve the perception around the organization by adding a few more wins, then it will have been a worthwhile investment for the Lakers.


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