On a day where ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced the Los Angeles Lakers proposed another trade package to New Orleans for Anthony Davis, more news has come out that they are after another young star.
Los Angeles was willing to send Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, and two first-round picks for Davis and Solomon Hill, but New Orleans declined. President Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka will continue to fight for Davis, but they now aim their sites on Chicago.
While Chicago is looking to part ways with 23-year-old forward Jabari Parker prior to the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 7, Los Angeles is looking to trade guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Parker—who was expected to be a star in Chicago—took a lesser role with the Bulls after an internal conflict based around minutes. Parker signed a two-year, $20 million deal with Chicago.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Los Angeles may trade for Parker very soon.
“[KCP] is available and has been floated out there for some spots, Windhorst said on ESPN Radio, via Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype. “One place that they have talked to, now I’m not saying this deal is going to get done, but one place they have talked to is Chicago for Jabari Parker.
“And the thing about this is Caldwell-Pope has to approve of a trade. I’m not sure that’s going to get done but that’s been discussed. The Bulls really like Caldwell-Pope. Parker could be a Laker within the next few days. Jabari is a polarizing player but he might be interesting on the Lakers.”
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Parker has had numerous “DNP” games this season since Jim Boylen replaced head coach Fred Hoiberg in December. There is no longer trust in Parker due to lacking on the defensive end and intersquad turmoil, as they are trying to trade him.
Throughout 39 games for Chicago this season, Parker has started 17 of them averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. For the Lakers, Caldwell-Pope is leaned on off the bench where he is averaging 10.3 points in 23.9 minutes per game.
The deadline is near, and Los Angeles is looking to shape things up as they sit 10th in the Western Conference with a 27-26 record.