It’s that time of the year when you start to hear news about trade targets and buyout candidates. February 10th marks the deadline for teams to line up potential deals. The Los Angeles Lakers are certainly one of those teams, but as of now, things are quiet for them. If they don’t make a move, the buyout could prove fruitful to them, and Paul Millsap may be in that group of prospective signings.
Millsap signed with the Brooklyn Nets after four years with the Denver Nuggets. At age 36, his best days are behind him. He’s down to a career-low average of 3.4 points per game on 37.6 percent shooting from the field. He’s fallen out of the rotation for the team, and it appears that his brief stint is over.
Millsap and the Nets mutually agreed to the next move in his career, per Marc Stein:
The Nets have pledged to find Paul Millsap a new home and have granted the former All-Star forward, who turns 37 on deadline day, leave from the team as they scour the market for a suitable trade. Swapping Millsap for more perimeter shooting, sources say, is among the Nets’ goals.
With a lack of versatility in their frontcourt, the Lakers have been linked to Millsap, per Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer:
And while it’s believed Paul Millsap would prefer to land in Chicago, having a connection to Bulls lead executive Arturas Karnisovas from their shared Denver days, Los Angeles has been mentioned as a suitor for Millsap should he reach the buyout market.
The Lakers currently have one roster spot open and will look to open others once the buyout market starts filling up. March 1st marks the Playoff Eligibility Waiver deadline. If the Lakers want to make their run for the playoffs, a move will have to be made before that.
The Lakers could bring him aboard depending on how their roster looks by then. They are already amongst the older teams in the league, and it’s youth that they are lacking. Millsap is the opposite of that need. The next few weeks will be interesting to watch unfold for their roster.