Los Angeles Lakers Trade Rumors: 3 players the Lakers need to keep ahead of the NBA trade deadline
The NBA trade deadline will close next week ahead of the annual NBA All-Star Event in North Carolina. The trade window has historically closed on the Thursday after the All-Star Game, however, since 2018, the deadline has closed 10 days before the NBA's best players face off in the prestigious game.
The deadline was moved forward in order to allow traded players to sort out arrangements for themselves and their families, and the NBA is unlikely to move the deadline back anytime soon. Nevertheless, the trade deadline is still one of the most exciting times for NBA fans, and the seven days are likely to provide a number of twists and turns.
Among the teams that are set to be active in the next few days are the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have recently dropped out of the playoffs due to the absence of LeBron James, and Los Angeles will be looking to make major deals this week in order to make a playoff push until the end of the season. This means that a number of departures are also expected. Here we look at three individuals that the Lakers should look to keep.
#3 Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley had to be extremely patient to gain minutes in Luke Walton's rotation, although the veteran is now showing the Lakers that he can be a reliable contributor from the bench. Beasley is managing 7.3 points per game, despite only averaging 11 minutes of playing time, and the 30-year-old has recently put in big performances games against the Pistons and Jazz.
Beasley is also shooting at a near career high of 52% from the field, and Beasley continues to be effective on the defensive end. The former Knicks man is only signed until the end of the season, so with the Lakers unlikely to get much in return for Beasley, it makes no sense to trade him away at this point.