The Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks recently discussed a trade that would have sent Julius Randle to Dallas and Nerlens Noel to Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN Full Court Press.
Randle, a Dallas native who is in the final year of his contract, is likely to be a popular name leading up to the NBA trade deadline and is likely to be moved this season.
Randle is averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds a game this season.
Noel has been a disappointment in Dallas, who acquired him in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers last season.
Noel re-signed with the Mavs on a one-year deal in August but his play and his attitude have been concerns for the team this season and Noel’s role has diminished as the season progresses.
The two teams were unable to complete a deal, but they may re-engage in talks later in the season.