NBA Trade Rumors: Will Lakers Trade Luol Deng With Timberwolves' LaVine And Shabazz Muhammad?
The Los Angeles Lakers have made a great turnaround this season after a disastrous performance last year. In fact, Luke Walton's boys have shown that they have aimed more than the rebuilding which was expected from them this year.
The Lakers were doing great till the double blows they received from the Golden State Warriors last week in two back-to-back games but they were soon back on the track by beating the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday (Nov 27). With nine wins and nine losses, the Lakers are in the eighth position in the Western Conference table.
However, the Lakers still have a lot of room for improvement. While youngsters like D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson are doing really good for their team this season, veteran Luol Deng has not been up to the mark and averages only 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Deng signed for the Lakers this year on a four-year contract worth $72 million and he was expected to lead the young team after the exit of Kobe Bryant but now rumors are doing the rounds about the Lakers possibly send him to Minnesota Timberwolves. Two young players in Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad could be in Lakers in exchange, according to YIBADA's Malcolm Hyde.
However, Hyde also said that because of Deng's high salary, the Timberwolves would require a combination of Lavine and Muhammad to match him but it's "unlikely" that they would part ways with both youngsters, especially LaVine.
If the trade materializes, Lakers' lineup will benefit by LaVine's presence, thanks to his athleticism and ability to score, said this Headlines & Global News article.
Playing in this third NBA season, 21-year-old LaVine averages 19.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
The Timberwolves are struggling at the moment with a 5-12 record and would be looking to make changes in their ranks early to improve their rank in the Western Conference.
The Lakers take on the New Orleans Pelicans later tonight while the T-Wolves take on New York Knicks in two back-to-back games on Wednesday (November 30) and Friday (December 2).