According to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in three seasoned, veteran players. The Los Angeles Lakers “had some interest” in three Utah Jazz players, claims Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.
Even though the start of the 2023 NBA season is only 45 days away, a lot can still happen before the next season begins. Donovan Mitchell, an All-Star shooting guard for the Utah Jazz, was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Jazz are essentially in a rebuilding mode after trading away Mitchell and Rudy Gobert earlier in the offseason. They have based everything on those two franchise cornerstones.
The only players left that may potentially change teams are seasoned players like Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, and Bojan Bogdanovic. All three of these players are at least 30 years old and would be more effective on a team that is vying for the NBA Championship.
The Los Angeles Lakers “have some interest,” according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, in those three Jazz players. “The Lakes have some interest, I’m told, in the Jazz vets who could be traded (Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic). But the Lakers also want to preserve cap space for next summer and aren’t that interested in taking contracts beyond 2022-23. Bogdanovic on expiring. There will be some chatter about a Westbrook/first-rounder for Conley, but Conley’s deal is through 2023-24, albeit partially guaranteed. Clarkson has player option for 2023-24,” said Jeff Zillgitt.
Would Veterans solve the Problems for Lakers?
The Lakers are a team who might be interested in the Jazz’s veterans, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post. It would make sense for the Lakers to be interested in veterans who can aid them in the upcoming season.
With Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James on their roster, the Lakers only finished 33-49 last season and missed the NBA Playoffs. Any one of those three Jazz veterans who are now capable of winning an NBA Championship may be a terrific addition to James and Davis as they are both designed to do so.
Even if it’s not the Lakers, it would not be at all strange to see at least one of them traded before the season starts because the Jazz see little benefit in keeping them.