Young forward Julius Randle is one of the valuable assets the Los Angeles Lakers have, and in a suggestion, they are sending him to the Brooklyn Nets for additions that could help them in the future.
In a trade scenario provided by SportsBlog, along with Randle, Anthony Brown and Ivica Zubac are also being shipped to Brooklyn. The Lakers in return are getting rookies Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead, plus a pick/s which includes a first-rounder for next year.
It is uncertain if the Lakers will say "yes" to this since they do not need guards. Adding LeVert and Whitehead could result to crowding at the no. 1 and 2 positions which affect player rotation. Los Angeles' backcourt is already loaded, and with these elements involved, the offer might easily be rejected by the organization.
The bait in this is the first-round pick which assures the Lakers that they have a top selection in the 2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. But even that does not guarantee the Nets success in landing Randle.
Maybe in the off-season and free agency, Randle was available for the right offer. But for now, it is possible the 21-year-old is untouchable. The second-year big man is shaping up to be a crucial piece for the Lakers especially on the defensive end.
Even the Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green is impressed with Randle.
In an interview with Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers, Green said about Randle's future, "I think he can be real special. With the skillset he has and the body, he's long and athletic. The way he handled the ball at his size and the way he can move at his size, it's special. He has one thing you can't teach. That's that dog and that heart. You can't teach that."
Green also spoke about the comparisons with Randle and he believes the latter could be the next him because of the things they do on the court.