Their division rival, the Phoenix Suns.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, the Suns have reached out to both the Lakers and the Pelicans and made it clear that they are interested in joining the trade as a third team.
The Suns have their eyes on Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who would be a great fit for the young Suns.
It’s not clear what the Suns could offer outside of their 2019 first round pick, which I assume is completely off the table, but they do have other draft picks and young players such as Dragan Bender, to throw into the fray.
Lonzo’s father, LaVar, ruined the appeal of Lonzo for the Pelicans, after he made comments about his desire to see Lonzo in Phoenix instead, recently.
According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans “want no part of the Ball circus.”
This would make the inclusion of the Suns in trade talks beneficial, as it gets Ball a clear landing spot, and provides the Lakers with more assets to offer New Orleans.
Lakers’ Frank Vogel Says Team Has Not Ruled Out DeMarcus Cousins Return
When it comes to big man DeMarcus Cousins, the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t ready to close the book on him playing during the 2019-2020 season.
Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel discussed the team holding out hope that Cousins could take the court sometime this season.
“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”
The Lakers turned to signing Dwight Howard in the wake of Cousins’ injury, and were granted a disabled player exception as Cousins was initially believed to likely be unavailable until June 15th, 2020.
Now, it appears the Lakers are expecting Cousins to make back to the courts sometime, perhaps during a playoff run, this season.
Lakers’ Dwight Howard Talks About ‘Bad Teammate’ Label
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is going on the defensive when addressing long-standing labels of him being a bad teammate, and a locker room cancer.
Howard, who inked a deal to return for a second stint with the Lakers, recently appeared on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” to talk about narrative.
Lance Stephenson to Play in China
Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has inked a one-year, $4 million deal to play in China.
Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for the Lakers.
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