As the All-Star Game approaches, so does the trade deadline and several teams are salivating to get their hands into some of the soon-to-be free agents.
“The Lakers have inserted themselves on trade talks this season and will continue to do so,” wrote Deveney. “They had talks with Atlanta about Paul Millsap and expressed interest in Nerlens Noel, if the Sixers decide to go ahead with a deal for him.”
Noel could be the upgrade at center the team had hoped to get when they signed Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal this past summer. A fearless defender that can average close to two steals and two blocks per game, Noel is an intriguing option for any team that is willing to shell out the right package for his services.
Despite showing an interest in potentially snatching Noel from the Sixers, trading isn’t one of the priorities for general manager Mitch Kupchak. The 62-year-old has said in multiple occasions that the team likely won’t make any moves ahead of the deadline, but hasn’t ruled out a potential swap.
The Lakers organization has made a considerable effort in the development of its young players, not only by giving them playing time, but playing them at multiple positions and experimenting with different lineups.
While Noel’s addition would be a welcome one, it’s hard to see Kupchak trading away one of his beloved assets for a rim protector that will be expecting a paycheck very, very soon.