Pacific Notes: Lakers, Poole, Kennard, Ramsey

As a hard-capped team lacking in tradeable pieces, the Lakers will find it difficult to make a significant deal before this month’s deadline, according to Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register. Their best bargaining chip heading into the season, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, hasn’t lived up to his $12MM contract. Goon suggests the best the team could hope for is to sign Andre Drummond if the Cavaliers choose to buy out the exiled center.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Warriors guard Jordan Poole made a strong impression after being recalled from the G League and he could eventually supplant Brad Wanamaker as the backup point, Anthony Slater of The Athletic writes. Poole had 26 points in 26 minutes in a loss to Phoenix on Thursday. The 2019 first-round pick averaged 22.4 PPG in 11 G League contests with Santa Cruz.
  • Luke Kennard‘s last outing was a promising development for the Clippers, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times notes. Kennard contributed 14 points and four assists in 21 minutes against Washington. After acquiring Kennard in a multi-team trade during the offseason, the Clippers signed Kennard to a four-year, $64MM extension in December.
  • The Kings recalled rookie guard Jahmi’us Ramsey from the G League’s Agua Caliente Clippers, according to a team press release. Ramsey appeared in 12 games at the Orlando bubble and averaged 9.8 PPG in 21.0 MPG. The second-round pick has seen action in four games with Sacramento this season.
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15 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Lakers, Poole, Kennard, Ramsey

      • threenola

        Not a Pelicans’ fan or watch them much, I assume. Bledsoe is shooting the ball well this season but Kennard is a shooter. He averaged 3 3PM/game last as a starter in Detroit. Also the Zo-Bledsoe backcourt isn’t ideal. If I were the Pelicans I’d say yes

        • bdpecore

          Unfortunately, Kennard hasn’t produced since signing his extension. So it’s gonna be tough to move him even for another player with neutral to slightly negative value like Bledsoe.

          • myaccount

            Hasn’t produced? He’s shooting 46% from 3PT, he’s just been banged up. His per 36 stats are basically on par with his performance of last season.

    • threenola

      Pelicans should say yes. Clippers have a number of perimeter players. Bledsoe is best attacking, his game is inside-out. Also he’s an upgrade over Beverly and Reggie as it pertains to running the offense if he has the ball.

    • Gary G.

      Pelicans say no right now. Luke just signed that contract extension and he’s playing crappy and has a bum knee. Lose-lose in every way.

  1. instead of saying Poole could supplant Wannamre it should say he already has. Wannamker should be gone. He stalls out the 2nd team offense every game.

    • Ironmonger835

      No clue how that guy keeps getting minutes. He was awful on the Celtics. Lol

      • Marty McRae

        It’s mindblowing why the GSW front office thought he would work on Kerr’s offense, Wanamaker is a triangle-only guy!

        • Ever notice he stands at the top of the key with not much movement. He is the #1 reason the 2nd team offense is so bad. His defense is over rated many times I watch faster PG get around him.

        • Vince 2

          @marty You are same person that thought 40 yr. old, no defense, Kyle Korver would be a great fit for the Warriors.

  2. wright0525

    Drummond isn’t nimble, but in comparison to Gasol, he would be a gazelle. The Lakers need an upgrade fast.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Lakers do need to help their D. At C position would be best way. All they need is energy reb and D. 15-20 mins of that would go along way. Gotta be a big in G-league that can do that. Get McGee back

    • x_burner_X

      Lakers have a number 1 D in the league even without AD. They need shooting and playmaking on the perimeter.

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