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Lakers News: Rounding Up Trade Buzz on Nick Young, Kevin Seraphin and More

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2015

Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young walks on the court against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 104-87. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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So far, the Los Angeles Lakers have not lived up to expectations this offseason.

Then again, when expectations for a legendary rebuilding franchise focus on going nuts and trading for DeMarcus Cousins or somehow bringing LaMarcus Aldridge to town, this shouldn't be a major surprise.

It is clear the Lakers have a plan in place, though. The addition of Lou Williams was a good one, and one can see the outline of a core starting to form. Here's a look at the latest, because everyone should know the Lakers are far from done.

Brendan Haywood Latest

The Lakers remain one of the most obvious destinations for Cleveland Cavaliers big man Brendan Haywood.

Everyone knows the Lakers want as much free space as possible to gun for the big names next offseason. Haywood could play a vital role in such a strategy thanks to his contract, but only if the Lakers can convince the Cavaliers to trade him. 

It seems general manager Mitch Kupchak and Co. are trying, per Sam Amico of Fox Sports:

Sam Amico @AmicoHoops

Cavs still discussing trade of Haywood contract with several teams, including Lakers, Suns, Clippers. Not talking Andy Varejao with anyone.

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Here is the deal with Haywood: He's due $10.5 million, per Spotrac, but if a team waives him by August 1, it doesn't pay him a penny. It's an odd, non-guaranteed contract in a land of guaranteed contracts, which is what makes it so valuable.

The Lakers could match Haywood's salary in a move, then cut him to open up north of $10 million in space. All that remains is convincing the Cavaliers they have something worth trading for and giving up the rare contract.

Entering the Kevin Seraphin Sweepstakes?

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If the Lakers want to improve depth underneath the basket, few better ways to do it exist than to add a 25-year-old center with sound upside.

This refers to Kevin Seraphin. He isn't a household name by any means, but for the purposes of depth behind Roy Hibbert, he makes sense in Los Angeles.

Michael Scotto of the Associated Press revealed the Lakers are one of a few teams to show interest:

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto

Source: Dallas Mavericks have expressed interest in Kevin Seraphin. He's also received interest from the Lakers, Wizards, Suns and Spurs.

Seraphin never saw a ton of playing time with the Washington Wizards. Last year, he received 15.6 minutes per game on average and posted just 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.

If the Lakers aren't in love with Robert Sacre behind Hibbert, it makes sense to put the pedal down and nab Seraphin before the market runs dry. It's starting to, which means it could be harder for the front office to get something done.

Regardless, the interest shows the Lakers aren't done attempting to upgrade just yet.

Nick Young Latest

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Just a few days ago, it seemed Lakers fans were ready to wave goodbye to Nick Young.

Not so fast.

At a $5.2 million cap hit this season, per Spotrac, moving Young would make sense. Except it doesn't seem to be in the cards anymore now that the team brought on Hibbert without much of an issue.

Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation reported the rumblings:

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA

Hearing the Young/Hill trade rumor to Chicago is likely bogus. I know some people are hoping Taj Gibson, but don’t your breath.

At some point, the idea that the Lakers would ship the veteran swingman to the Chicago Bulls started going around. Some teams need his ability to score, sure, but the Lakers need to be willing to move him.

Young was actually a recent topic of discussion for Kupchak, per the team:

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Kupchak on Nick Young: "He has to convince our coaching staff that he can play within our system & that doesn’t just mean scoring the ball."

With Williams on board and Kobe Bryant coming back, there won't be much in the way of room for volume-heavy shooters. It's clear the team wants Young to adapt and better fit the system and thinks he is valuable enough to keep him around.

So for now, it sounds like Young will stay put. For now.

All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.

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