With the NBA draft less than a week away, the rumor mill is picking up momentum and as is the case more times than not, the Lakers are involved.
The latest rumor from Ryen Russillo of ESPN has the Lakers trading away the #7 pick and Steve Nash to the Philadelphia 76ers for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young:
More Embiid fallout. Lakers could move Nash and #7 to Philly for MCW and T Young. 76ers would take Exum at #3.
— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 20, 2014
The deal would be fantastic for the Lakers. Carter-Williams was last season’s Rookie of the Year, averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 6.2 rebounds. The 6’6 point guard was the Sixers 11th pick in last year’s draft out of Syracuse.
Young is a power forward but is considered undersized at 6’8. Last season, Young averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. Depending how free agency goes starting on July 1st, the Lakers could go forward with Young or he can be used in another trade for additional pieces.
Trading Nash would be a plus for the Lakers for the sole reason that there remains doubt that the point guard will ever play again. If he doesn’t, the Lakers will have $9.7 million sitting on the bench until his contract expires at the end of next season.
Once again though, this is only a rumor at the moment. It could be a case of the Sixers leaking the information to let teams know that Carter-Williams is available. Whatever the case may be, expect trade talks with the Lakers and the #7 pick to intensify over the coming days.