Lakers Rumors: 3 Possible Trade Destinations for Lou Williams Before the Deadline
After a great start to the season, the Los Angeles Lakers came back crashing down to earth. They are currently the second-worst team in the Western Conference with a 19-38 record. However, the Lakers could use the trade deadline to unload a player like Lou Williams.
The 30-year-old shooting guard is having a good second season in Los Angeles. He is averaging 18.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season. He is also one of the favorites to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, the Lakers are actively shopping their top scorer off the bench. It is possible that Williams will have a new team after the trade deadline. Quentin Haynes of Hoops Habit suggested three potential destinations for the former Sixth Man of the Year.
The Kings still has a shot at making the playoffs for the first time in a decade despite the season-ending injury to Rudy Gay. Williams can provide scoring at both guard positions while also coming off the bench as the primary scorer and ball handler.
Haynes suggested a Williams for Willie Cauley-Stein trade, but the Kings could just decide to stay put. The Kings are just a game and a half behind the eighth and final playoff spot. A trade could disrupt their chemistry and prevent them from making the postseason.
The Pistons currently occupy the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. However, they would need to add scoring off the bench and Williams is a perfect sixth man. He can create plays or his own shots while playing for Stan Van Gundy.
One possible trade for the Pistons to acquire Williams is letting go of a first-round pick. The Lakers are reportedly looking for a first-round pick since they could lose their own first-round pick this year to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Hornets have only won once in their last ten games and they need to make some changes to make the playoffs. They rely too much on Kemba Walker for points and he can't play 48 minutes a night. Ramon Sessions is not capable of taking over a game but Williams can.
Charlotte already made a big move by acquiring Miles Plumlee from the Bucks. This means they have to let go of a first-rounder to acquire Williams. Nevertheless, these are just suggestions and rumors at the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt.
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