Pacific Notes: Untouchable Players, Bagley, Collins, McDonough

The Lakers have a busy offseason ahead of them as the organization enters the summer with ample cap space and a young roster loaded with potential. However, when it comes to trade discussions, the Lakers have let teams know that nobody on the roster is untouchable, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times writes.

“While they like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of trade and free-agent negotiations,” Ganguli writes.

Los Angeles wields four solid young assets, including Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, and Brandon Ingram. All four players are 23 years old or younger, which gives the Lakers a surplus of talent to deal with.

Check out more Pacific Division notes below:

  • The 2018 NBA Draft will be the Lakers’ opportunity to move on from the now ill-fated trades to acquire Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in 2013. The team does not have its own first-round pick this year, stemming from the Nash trade, Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus writes.
  • In a fun piece, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times looks at Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins and how he may be fighting a bias against really tall people getting head coaching jobs. Collins, who stands at 6’11”, would be the tallest head coach in the league if he were hired.
  • The Kings own the second overall pick in the NBA Draft and a lot has been made of who Sacramento will target. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee examines whether or not drafting Duke’s Marvin Bagley III makes sense given the team’s surplus of big men.
  • Suns general manager Ryan McDonough gave a personal scouting report on Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic as the team prepares to pick first in the draft, Scott Bordow of Arizona Central Sports writes. Ayton and Doncic — if he commits to leaving Europe for the NBA — are widely expected to be the top two picks.
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7 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Untouchable Players, Bagley, Collins, McDonough

  1. Z-A

    Uhh… Lakers have the 25th pick. They don’t have their own pick.

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  2. Z-A

    Randle is not an asset anymore. Once he signs an offer sheet he’s gone. I doubt they match.

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    • theking24

      Lol. They will match either way. Even if Lebron AND PG were to come(highly doubt that would ever happen) they could still keep Randle and will

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  3. That would be a mistake if Lakers trade any of this 4 young players, or let walk Randle I think they can be terrific, if they get a good Center, in FA that’s what they need, why would they need/want Lebron, PG13 or Kawhi? Imagine this starting 5
    Lonzo Ball
    Brandon Ingram
    Kyle Kuzma
    Julius Randle
    Demarcus Cousins???
    if they can get Boogie or another 5 that would be awesome, young team, athletic, full of energy, they can shoot, happy days if they don’t dismantle their young core or try to rush things bringing vets that will no doubt stunt the growth of their young ones, just to win now, you can win in the future, give it time & let it grow organically.

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    • Boogie? Achilles tear. You’re kidding. We still can get pg13 without sacrificing our young core

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  4. Might be another way to get our young core’s attention towards next season.

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