NBA Trade News: Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Still Looking For The Right Offer On Lou Williams
A 12-year veteran in the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams is no stranger to being traded and playing for a new team. Recent reports about Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak trying to shop the 2015 NBA Sixth Man of the Year has been the talk of the town, though there is no looming deal a week before the trade deadline.
Williams is averaging 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals, shooting 44 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range in just 24.2 minutes per game. He is one of the leading candidates for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award this season.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reported that one general manager confirmed the Lakers front office is shopping Williams. While there is no confirmation whether the Lakers have already received an attractive deal, the said GM confirmed that the move will likely happen before the deadline.
Kupchak confirmed that the team is actively trying to recruit the best talent available. "We are active, yes," Kupchak said as posted on the Los Angeles Times. He goes on to say that compared to previous years, the Lakers now have important trading chips that could help them get a favorable deal.
And even without mentioning any names, people close to the situation knows Williams is on the block. But for the veteran guard, it is just another day in the office. "I just play. I'm a little old school in my approach. I play for the team that I have the jersey on for, so I don't really deal in hypotheticals," he said.
Many basketball analysts are now asking if the LA Lakers front office really wants to give away their top scorer. Or is Mitch Kupchak just trying to get some insights, which could possibly lead to a surprise last-minute deal come NBA Draft 2017 this June?
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