RUMOR: No Lakers player is untouchable in potential trades
The notion has long been in place that the Los Angeles Lakers would be one of the most active teams in the league in the summer of 2018. The front office has already positioned their salary cap situation to possibly bring aboard two top-tier players on max contracts in free agency.
However, there could be much movement on the roster beyond that as Tania Ganglu of the LA Times is reporting that the front office has yet to inform any teams that any of their young core group of players is untouchable in a possible trade.
While they like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades, according to multiple sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of trade and free-agent negotiations.
It should be noted that the Lakers prefer to keep their young promising group of talent that includes Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and even Julius Randle, who is in line to become a restricted free agent over the offseason. The fact that the front office has yet to tell other teams that any players are off limits could be a big shift in mind frame.
The Lakers had previously placed that label on the likes of Ingram, but since there could be some premium talent available in the trade market such as All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard this could involve a few of those players. This makes it clear that the team has their options all open to finally putting together a team that could be a playoff contender and likely much more than that.
Regardless of this potentially being the case, it should make for a more intriguing offseason in Los Angeles that could see a few major splash moves take place.