My thoughts on the players the Lakers are rumored to have shopped:
I see him getting traded at some point before the trading deadline next year. He's not a core player. But, he's a decent player on a manageable contract. Dealing him can clear up more cap space for the Lakers. I can see the Lakers getting a minor asset along with an expiring contract for him.
I think it's 50/50 with him. His trade value is low right now and I think he can still get better, so I think it makes sense to wait until the trade deadline to deal him. If he plays well leading up to February, I think extending his contract could be part of a plan B. If not, just trade him for the best offer available.
The only way he may get traded is if the Lakers trade the next 1st round pick they can without any protections, and it has to be before 2018 free agency. The reason for that is the other team has to bank on that pick being a lottery pick. If the Lakers try to trade him during 2018 free agency, other teams will know the Lakers are doing it with commitments from key FAs and the chances of that pick being good greatly diminish.
I wouldn't do that trade. It's too great of a risk. Who knows what can go wrong and what players the Lakers may get with that pick? At least with the D'Angelo, the Lakers have already had him for 2 years and may have made a determination as to what kind of player he can be. IMO, I think a high lottery pick(with the right selection) in any good draft has better shot at being a future star than D'Angelo.
I know a lot of people here will disagree with my last comment. Tired of arguing about it though.
I see the Lakers keeping Deng for now, but are prepared to stretch his contract depending on if the Lakers need that cap space or not in 2018 free agency.
Edited by Japago, July 16, 2017 - 02:39 PM.