With the Los Angeles Lakers currently sitting in tenth in the Western Conference, they have plenty of ground to make up to get back into the playoffs.
The NBA’s annual trade deadline is right around the corner on Feb. 7 and the Lakers figure to be buyers in an effort to improve their roster.
Much of the news in Los Angeles has revolved around their pursuit of Anthony Davis, but they have also been connected to several other players. The Lakers have reportedly been canvassing the league for three-point shooters in order to improve their perimeter deficiencies.
However, it looks like they may also be looking to add some scoring, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN as transcribed by Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype:
“[KCP] is available and has been floated out there for some spots. One place that they have talked to, now I’m not saying this deal is going to get done, but one place they have talked to is Chicago for Jabari Parker. And the thing about this is Caldwell-Pope has to approve of a trade… I’m not sure that’s going to get done, but that’s been discussed. The Bulls really like Caldwell-Pope… Parker could be a Laker within the next few days. Jabari is a polarizing player, but he might be interesting on the Lakers.”
Caldwell-Pope is a popular choice to be traded given that he is on a one-year, $12 million deal and looking for a bigger role ahead of free agency. The 25-year-old has been coming off the bench and a starting role on another team could enhance his value in the offseason.
For Los Angeles, Parker would be an interesting flier due to his age and proven scoring ability. However, he is a defensive liability and does not solve the team’s shooting woes in the short-term.
If the Davis trade does get completed, then perhaps president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka will look to keep Caldwell-Pope since he is one of the team’s better outside shooters. With the trade deadline only a few days away, expect more rumors to pop up.