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Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Team interested in Mo Bamba, among others

Vincent Frank
Lakers rumors: Mo Bamba trade
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There has not been a whole lot of Los Angeles Lakers rumors with about five weeks to go before the NBA trade deadline. Sitting pretty at 22-7 on the season, the defending champs don’t really have many holes to fill.

Even then, the expectation is that general manager Rob Pelinka will be proactive when it comes to improving one of the most-talented rosters in the NBA. That could potentially include a trade for a young big man back east.

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Los Angeles Lakers interested in Mo Bamba trade

Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Team interested in Mo Bamba
Jan 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (5) warms up before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

“Bamba is in and out of the rotation, playing in just 12 games this season. Bamba is 22 and the Knicks looked to trade up in that draft to get the former Texas Longhorns star. The Lakers also reportedly have interest,” Marc Berman of the NY Post reported Wednesday.

A top-six pick of the Orlando Magic back in 2018, Bamba has not panned out. He’s averaging just 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds in less than nine minutes of action per game this season.

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The Texas product has seen his numbers decline in each of the past two years after showing some promise as a rookie back in 2018-19.

With that said, there’s still some upside here. He’s only 22 years old and has shown flashes. A change of scenery could do the 7-foot center well.

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Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Team looking for reinforcements

Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Blake Griffin
Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) dribbles the ball while defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (9) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have been more linked to what promises to be a broad buyout market in the coming weeks. That could very well include six-time All-Star Blake Griffin, who has seemingly played his final game with the Detroit Pistons.

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star center Andre Drummond could be an option, too. However, he’s more than likely going to net Cleveland something in a trade here soon.

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Former Lakers win Trevor Ariza is a likely buyout option. He’s currently on the Oklahoma City Thunder and has not played a single game for the rebuilding team. Lakers rumors suggest that they have interest in Ariza.

Lakers rumors: Trevor Ariza
May 24, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends the shot of Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) during the first quarter in game five of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

While Los Angeles lacks a ton of assets to pull off a trade, something minor could happen on that front ahead of the March 25 NBA trade deadline. Promising young guard Talen Horton-Tucker could be enticing to teams attempts to sell off veteran assets.

Even then, the expectation is that these Lakers will be looking for a big man with Anthony Davis sidelined to an Achilles’ injury. He’s unlikely to return before the All-Star Break and could very well miss significant time after that.

The Lakers will want to take it slow with Davis in order to make sure he’s 100% healthy for the playoffs. Acquiring a veteran big would help them do that.

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