NBA writer Eric Pincus - NBA Journalist, Salary Cap Expert reported that the Los Angeles Lakers will target Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins at this year's trade deadline.
Would it be nice to have Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins in one team?
If super teams aren't the norm these days, I'll be excited with the concept of having them together but these days having two stars in one team does not necessarily translate to the Larry Obrien trophy.
The Lakers has been rumored to make a big move and it looks like Magic Johnson may need to make one big one soon in order to turn around the franchise that has been struggling and figuring out what exactly the thing to do, especially when Lonzo Ball the player who they hoped to save them is not exactly living up to the hype.
The Plan A: To Get LeBron James
Yes, LeBron James has a beautiful house in LA and the city looks nice and could really be a good place for a celebrity like LeBron James but that alone won't be enough to execute plan A of getting LeBron James to move to LA. LeBron James and the Cavs have a nice thing going on in Cleveland and with a stacked all-star teammates from Kevon Love, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and others, it's just little incentive for the King to move his kingdom to Los Angeles.
The Preparation: Get Cousins and George via trade
Arguably DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George are two of the best players in their prime this means it won't be easy to convince other teams to give them away. Paul George is doing well playing alongside Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony and the trio had recently been solving problems that they had when they started the season. OKC is in the playoffs contention and had won 8 of their last 10 games, there is just no reason to change anything for OKC.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans had been a mediocre team even with the combinations of Cousins and Anthony in the frontcourt. It looks scary on paper but the two has done nothing in real life to scare any teams in the league. It may be time to pull the plug on the experiment.
The Lakers bargain: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson or maybe Brandon Ingram
Unlikely that the Lakers will trade Brandon Ingram especially when Magic Johnson himself said that he was off limits but with the top caliber players that they want to trade for Clarkson and a Randle may not be enticing enough for other teams to even look at the offer.
One thing is for sure however the Lakers are interested in making things happen and that DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George are the targets and maybe the only way to get LeBron to take his talent to LA come next season.
What do you think?