The NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching and with that comes copious amounts of chatter about which players will be moved. The Lakers find themselves in the middle of these talks as they have made a few players available prior to the February 8th deadline.
Jordan Clarkson is the player that has been surrounded by most of the trade discussion due to his recent uptick in production, his contract, and the front office’s plans to clear as much cap space as possible for this summer.
According to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Lakers have offered Clarkson for Pistons guard Avery Bradley.
Gather Lakers offered Jordan Clarkson for Bradley. Don't know if that talk will heat up. https://t.co/xhpTaIOPHQ
— Vince_Ells56 (@Vincent_Ellis56) January 29, 2018
Bradley is set to be a free agent this summer which would give the Lakers much-needed cap flexibility. In his first season with the Pistons, the 27-year old has been underwhelming at times offensively but still offers traits the Lakers should be interested in.
This season in Detroit, the veteran swingman is averaging 15.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 38 percent from three.
Bradley still remains one of the league’s best perimeter defenders and is a career 37 percent shooter from the three-point line.
This seems like it could just be the Lakers reaching out and letting Detroit know they are interested and it is always safe to be cautious of rumors around this time of the season. However, with the trade deadline just over a week away, this situation should be monitored.