Magic Starter Reportedly Linked to Lakers as Potential Trade Fit

The Los Angeles Lakers have made some changes in the offseason. General Manager Rob Pelinka signed a group of talented players, and some believe that the Lakers will go after another star. According to recent reports, an Orlando Magic starter may be making his way to the Lakers.

Los Angeles has a solid team at the moment. There are almost no holes in the current roster, but Pelinka is someone who’d gladly boost his team. An upgrade is always welcome, right?

Lakers players may easily use more size and athleticism. Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated reported that Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon may be a nice fit for the Lakers.

“Gordon has long been rumored as a possible fit with the Lakers. Perhaps a swap involving Kyle Kuzma would make some sense. Brooklyn also has a clear hole at the four, though as we noted before, its pick capital was drained in the Harden deal. Gordon’s market appears to be sagging compared with that of recent years, even as big-market teams show some interest. Unfortunately for Orlando, i window to truly cash in on Gordon’s value may have already passed.”

The Magic starter may not join the Lakers

Trading young Kuzma may not be an option at this point of the season. But, if Pelinka wants Gordon, he will come up with a solution.

Gordon has incredible dunking power. He has finished second in the Slam Dunk Contest in the All-Star weekend on two occasions. However, Gordon is the same size as Kuzma. He is averaging 12.8 points per game. Kuzma is averaging 15.4 percent.

If Los Angeles decides to trade for a player, they will definitely go after Washington Wizards player Bradley Beal. He is having an excellent season and plays with one of the worst teams in the league. The Wizards may have a terrible season, but Beal is not interested in leaving his team. Shams Charania and Fred Katz reported on this story.

“Beal has so far expressed he wants to remain in Washington and has not indicated he prefers to be traded, sources with knowledge of the situation tell The Athletic. The Wizards, in turn, have no interest in trading him. Amid calls from the general public and even ones from around the league that a team at the bottom of the standings would be best off dealing its prized player, Washington has made it clear it has no plans to move him.”