I actually think the front office is playing it very smart and won't pull the trigger on any deal involving Russell, Ingram, or the 2nd overall pick.
Not many GMs tend to show their cards nor specify their future plans regarding offseason transactions. For Magic to go forward and state that he is planning on saving money this season and focusing on making a splash in 2018 speaks volumes.
I expect (and hope) that Pelinka and Magic will simply develop the young core and allow them to show what they are capable of until the trade deadline. The guys that are auditioning for their roles moving forward are Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and Larry Nance. If those guys have shone to make a reasonable leap and elevate their games within the first few months of the season, you hang onto them. If not, you look to package them with either Mozgov or Deng in order to shed that extra bit of cap space to potentially sign 2 max players or a single max player and complimentary role players to pair with Ball, Ingram, Russell, and likely Zubac.
Let's say Randle or Clarkson don't pan out or meet expectations during their Junior campaigns. I can certainly see the Lakers packaging a deal surrounding one of them with Deng or Moz, as well as other minor pieces (2nd round picks) in order to obtain the expiring contract of Brook Lopez.
While many view the 2nd overall pick, Russell, and Ingram as our current trade chips. I think the actual pieces being shopped are Clarkson, Randle, and Nance.
Edited by LakeShow1o1, May 20, 2017 - 12:32 PM.