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NBA Exec sees Lakers trade for Fred VanVleet

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The Los Angeles Lakers strengthened their frontcourt this week by acquiring Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards. It’s a step that will help them this season, but it’s also made with an eye to the future. They may have more moves at their disposal leading up to the NBA trade deadline.

Los Angeles plans to sign Hachimura to a new contract this off-season, when he’s on the verge of limited free duty. He turns 25 in February and represents what could be a nice building block towards the future as the franchise also needs to prepare for life after LeBron James.

The Gonzaga product will definitely improve the team’s performance and is an upgrade to their frontcourt. With James and Anthony Davis as the pillars of the roster anything is possible as they are good enough to carry a team. However, the Lakers have a few more moves to make if they want to be considered true contenders.

If Rob Pelinka is going to impress, it will almost certainly have to include Russell Westbrook and his huge expiring contract. An NBA manager who spoke NBA Analytics Network believes the Lakers will attack Fred VanVleet to upgrade the team.

“Rumors are now circulating that Fred VanVleet is likely to sign with Klutch after firing his agent. Then of course you think of the Lakers as a trading destination. There’s more to it than that. There’s no point in letting Russell Westbrook work for free. They would be wasting a trading opportunity with an unprecedented declining salary by not using it on the deadline. The shooting that entails VanVleet makes him a better fit than Westbrook. I see a win-win trade there.”

The Klutch Sports connection is one that we have already seen lead to a successful trade. Davis was also one of their clients before essentially forcing his way to the Lakers from the New Orleans Pelicans.

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There is a chance that the Toronto Raptors will shake things up in the coming weeks. If they want to rebuild and re-equip the roster, the option has presented itself, as a bid is reportedly on the table for OG Anunoby with three picks from the first round.

If Toronto doesn’t move up the leaderboard before the trade deadline, they could pull the trigger on that deal and a deal for VanVleet, which could provide the team with more assets and salary relief.

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For Los Angeles, if they can land VanVleet for Westbrook, they could have enough to make some noise in the Western Conference. He fits much better into Darvin Ham’s game plan and a rotation of VanVleet, Patrick Beverly, Dennis Schroder, Austin Reaves, Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr., James, Hachimura, Davis and Thomas Bryant would present several of them. challenges for opponents.

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