NBA: Lakers Trade Jordan Clarkson? Kenneth Faried to Move?

Trade rumors and speculations continue to make the rounds prior to the February deadline. There were strong rumors that Chicago Bulls’ superstar point guard Derrick Rose was being traded with Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, and Nick Young.

Earlier reports suggested that the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers might highlight a possible trade by signing superstar Derrick Rose to a potential Brandon Bass and Taj Gibson swap.

Jordan Clarkson is right now the best player for the Los Angeles Lakers and trading him could be wrong, suggest sources.

Bleacher Report quotes, “There more is at play here, not the least of which is Clarkson’s impending restricted free agency. The Lakers will have the rights to match any offer he receives, but against an $89 million cap, that offer could top $10 million per year.”

Certainly it would be futile to invest so much in Clarkson. “Fearful of overpaying him or losing him for nothing, the Lakers could see if they’re able to use Clarkson’s sub-$1 million salary as a buffer that rids them of an unsavory deal”, suggest Bleacher Report.

Kenneth Faried is definitely not providing his best performance. “He peaked statistically, and the four-year, $50 million extension the Denver Nuggets signed him to, which didn’t kick in until this season, looked like an albatross,” the source writes.

Faried is better this year than last year’s campaign. But his playing minutes have been reduced as the Nuggets have ample options. The Nuggets are on a rebuilding mode and with the likes of Nicola Jokic, Joffrey Lauvergne and Jusuf Nurkic, the Nuggets can finally build something upfront.

With such frontrunners Faried’s future looks somewhat bleak. Sources also suggest that the 26-year-old Faried has to look for better options as the Nuggets cannot play everyone.

It would be interesting to see how things unfold. Stay tuned for more updates on the trading options.

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