Will the Lakers Regret Trading Promising Center Ivica Zubac?

The most recent departure is Ivica Zubac, a promising 21-year-old center who gave the Lakers huge performances in key games against the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans. In his place is a serviceable role player in Mike Muscala, a stretch forward shooting just 34.2 percent from three this season.
Why? Nobody’s sure.

At last week’s trade deadline, the Lakers sent Zubac and Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Clippers—who are giddy to have a young, promising 7-footer on their roster in Zubac—essentially for free. Muscala was a throw-in for the Clippers in the blockbuster deal that sent Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers. They’ve since waived Beasley.