With the Los Angeles Lakers struggling once again, the storied NBA franchise may be exploring trade scenarios to improve the roster moving forward. Although it may be a bit early to talk about potential trades, the Lakers have been linked to a player they’ll face on Wednesday night in the matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP TV on Dec. 9, the Lakers have shown interest in Shabazz Muhammad. Los Angeles could be looking to find a way to acquire the UCLA product, but the Timberwolves may be reluctant to move him:
By the way, heard the Nets and Lakers are two of the teams that like Shabazz. He has fans. But Milt is not moving him anytime soon.
In 20 games this season, Muhammad is averaging 8.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor. Muhammad’s field-goal percentage is impressive, but he is also shooting a career-low 25.8 percent from beyond the arc in 17.6 minutes per contest.
Now that head coach Byron Scott has started to shake things up, the Lakers brass may begin to get aggressive on the trade market. Coach Scott recently benched rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Julius Randle for Lou Williams and Larry Nance Jr. Nick Young has also seen his role change with the veteran seemingly out of the rotation. Scott decided to keep Young out three of the last four games, and that stance doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.
Muhammad could be one of many trade targets for the Lakers leading up to the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 18. A lot can and will happen between now and February with Los Angeles more than likely exploring their options.