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The LA Lakers are having trouble managing their team.
According to Jake Fisher, reporter for 『Yahoo Sports』, the Lakers are also considering trading Gabe Vincent (guard, 188cm, 91kg).
In a way, this is a natural procedure. This is because Vincent only played in 6 games this season. He made a big decision last summer and brought him in to strengthen the backcourt, but he has not been able to play properly due to injury and is not contributing to the team's strength.
Initially, the Lakers repeatedly showed their intention to trade D'Angelo Russell. Russell is under contract through the upcoming 2024-2025 season. Since it is a potentially expiring contract that expires next season, there may be considerable interest in the market. Since the annual salary does not exceed $20 million, it can be a good alternative if you are reorganizing or looking to reduce expenses.
However, if the Lakers have to let Russell go, they hope he can provide better performance. He also showed active interest in trading Dizon Te Murray (Atlanta). However, negotiations reached a deadlock as Atlanta did not want to receive Russell. They have not been able to find a third team that would accept Russell, and even if they found one, it is questionable whether the team would hand over the naming rights or power to Atlanta.
The Lakers appear to be considering Vincent as well. However, he still can't play, so his trade value is quite low. The Lakers would not have known this either. Accordingly, he was not actively used as a trade card. The contract is also signed until the 2025-2026 season. The salary is not that high, but the contract period is burdensome. In other words, it should be considered difficult to use him in a trade.
However, looking at the fact that it has now been discussed more as a trade card, it is understandable that the Lakers also do not want to go too far in the Murray trade. This is because Russell’s recent performance has been quite good. This can be understood as an intention to send Vincent away while protecting Russell. Of course, his chances of success are extremely low. Or, the intention may be to add Vincent to Russell.
In summary, it is not easy for the Lakers to make a trade under the current conditions. Even if negotiations begin, the conditions that can be presented are extremely limited. On the other hand, with Jared Vanderbilt injured, the Lakers' defensive power became weaker. If the first-line defense and game management cannot be strengthened through trade, the Lakers' weaknesses will inevitably become more noticeable. But there seems to be no other way.
Saturday, February 3, 2024