Report: Lakers looking to trade Kent Bazemore, DeAndre Jordan

By Sanjesh Singh

It’s a headline fans of the Los Angeles Lakers have been anticipating: DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore could be shipped to a new team.

Following Rajon Rondo’s departure to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it looks as if  the Lakers are looking to unload two more veterans who have disappointed this season.

Both Jordan and Bazemore signed one-year deals for the veteran minimum this summer. Despite being in the rotation to start the season, they are out of the picture.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported Wednesday the Lakers are hoping to trade the two (h/t: @pickuphoop):

“They already offloaded a player in Rondo to create a roster spot, and they’re looking to do more of that. From teams that I’ve talked to, they’re out there. With LeBron James starting at center and Anthony Davis back, they’re looking to move DeAndre Jordan. Not necessarily for another player, but they can open up another roster spot. Kent Bazemore is another player they’ve been willing to talk about in talking to some other teams and I think, again, their goal is to open up a roster spot.”

Bazemore began the season as the team’s starting small forward, but he couldn’t convert his layups or 3s, leading to the Lakers being a minus-13.6 per 100 possessions when he played, ranking in the sixth percentile, via Cleaning the Glass (the lower, the worse).

Jordan also was a starter at the 5, but the Lakers are a minus-14 in his minutes, which also slots him in the sixth percentile.

The Lakers will need to hope another team is willing to add either of the two to their roster considering how poorly both have played. Bazemore could still help a squad as a 3-and-D veteran, and L.A. could also send cash as an incentive. It remains to be seen which team(s) would let L.A. open roster spots, but this is definitely a report to keep monitoring.


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