LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, but that might not be the only move they make before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday afternoon.
Given that Kobe Bryant is injured and the team has one of the worst records in the league, it appears the Lakers are looking to trade off assets and start fresh next season.
Big men Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill are two players rumored to be on the block.
Laker plan taking shape: Trade Jordan Hill and Chris kaman in next 17 hours and they get under tax AND no longer HAVE to trade Pau Gasol— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
Last tweet what some rival execs now expect Lakes to do. Trade Hill. Trade Kaman. Then roll w/Pau into July to re-sign or sign-and-trade him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2014
There seem to be a good number of potential landing spots for Hill and Kaman, with Brooklyn, New Orleans, Atlanta and Charlotte all reportedly showing interest.
Sense is Brooklyn & New Orleans are leaders for Jordan Hill. Charlotte, ATL among others who've expressed interest— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 20, 2014
When asked about the trade deadline tomorrow, Jordan Hill said “everybody needs an energy guy.” http://t.co/RbuRco2UUN— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) February 20, 2014
The trade deadline isn’t the only thing that has Los Angeles buzzing as Dwight Howard returned on Wednesday night with his new team, the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won 134 -108, but Lakers fans still had some fun -- as did Howard.