At last year’s trade deadline, one brave soul (me) decided to look past the normal, everyday trades that are made at the NBA’s deadline. That one man made the choice to venture beyond the standard ideas of teams swapping players and picks in hopes of saving or tanking their season. Get ready, this is the sequel.
It is trade season. The season of turning on tweet notifications for Woj, Stein, Shams, and NBA insiders from around the league. Lou Williams, Nick Young, and a few other Lakers could be on their way out, but will a trade materialize? Who knows. For now, I’m looking at different trade scenarios from a multitude of situations. Let’s fire up the ESPN Trade Machine.
Forget everything you know. Welcome to the Trade Twilight Zone.
1. Los Angles HomecomingThe Lakers are going to ascend back to greatness with Los Angeles’ homegrown talent. This would easily propel the Lakers into the playoff race and ultimately bring them another title.
2. Banana Boat 2.0Ever since the 2015 NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Devin Booker have not been shy about their friendship. From appearing in Foot Locker commercials, teaming up with 2K, and voting for each other to get into the All-Star, these three have become the NBA’s newest clique. Give Thibs his vet and give Phoenix a scorer, now you are on your way to a young superteam.
3. If Jay Williams had his wayJay Williams said the Lakers should take Kris Dunn in the 2016 Draft because he doesn’t believe D’Angelo Russell can be a franchise point guard. Here you go, Jay. This would solidify the Lakers’ tanking effort, certainly putting them in the bottom three of the league.
4. Take all the Kings players because the Kings are bad at everythingAfter the DeMarcus Cousins trade, I don’t need to say anything more. The Kings would probably accept the deal if the Lakers threw in a second round pick, because KANGZ.
5. If Magic had his wayThe first wave of change brought by Magic Johnson would be to fill his coaching staff with proven winners. Former Showtime teammates James Worthy and Michael Cooper, along with five-time champion Derek Fisher would instill winning ways into this Laker team. Their 13 combined championship rings would trump the current trio’s five, thus over qualifying them for this job.
6. If Jeanie had her wayIn an all-out effort to salvage her relationship with Phil, Jeanie is risking it all. This trade is the ultimate “Hey big head” scenario, and she’s giving the Knicks everything for one more chance at love. Jeanie isn’t in the day-to-day basketball operations, explaining why the deal is so one-sided for the Knicks.
7. The Lakers’ evil schemeHollinger knows not to mess with a team with sharks with frickin laser beams attached to their heads. The Lakers would be touted as the literal scariest team in the league.
Thank you for reading all the way through this. I should probably close photoshop..permanently. And as always, I am so sorry.