There is speculation that the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to add another superstar to the roster at the trade deadline. All the young Lakers prospects have had signs of brilliance, but none have broken out. LeBron James’ teams usually look to contend come playoff team, and a change would be needed to develop that mentality.
Kevin Broom reported that two NBA agents have told him the Lakers want to trade Lonzo Ball to the Washington Wizards for John Wall.
“The source said it’s something Rich Paul — agent to LeBron James and, as of January 2016, John Wall — was orchestrating. But, according to this source, the Wizards were saying no.
I was still dubious, so I checked with Source No. 2, another current NBA agent who’s at least as dialed in as Source No. 1. Source No. 2 said the rumor is true. This source said Ball and Caldwell-Pope were definitely in the deal, but that there was still discussion whether the third player would be Ingram, Josh Hart, or Kyle Kuzma. While the boundaries of the deal were defined, details still had to be finalized, and the whole thing could still fall apart.”
Pros to this deal: Wall is a proven All-Star, significantly better than any of LeBron’s current teammates, and he likely would thrive more as the second best player on a team.
Cons to this deal: Wall’s contract is awful and the Lakers would hurt the possibility of adding a bigger difference maker next summer.