The Lakers sit near the bottom of the NBA standings, but that was to be expected in a rebuilding year. Luke Walton entered his second season as head coach with a roster full of developing players battling against elite competition in the Western Conference. What may have come as more of a surprise, though, is how quickly and aggressively the Lakers have shopped a couple of those youngsters. The team would "love" to move Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, and both players are aware they have been offered in trades, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. This comes after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported the Lakers were looking to trade Clarkson after the season. Randle has seen inconsistent playing time through 36 games, though he did log his first start of the season Friday against the Clippers, scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 28 minutes as the Lakers lost by 15. The 23-year-old forward has produced in big games (20 and 21 points in two close losses to the Warriors) and shown potential to grow after cutting weight last offseason, but it remains to be seen how he fits into the modern NBA and what his role would be on another team.
Lakers have offered Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson in trade talks
Sporting News | Jan 2