Lakers fake trade: Ingram, Randle, Clarkson, & Deng to Cavs for Irving & Love!

 

This is a fake trade but one that could be great for both the Lakers and the Cavs.  Of course, most Lakers fans will hate the trade as we give up potential superstar and fan favorite Brandon Ingram along with Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson in return for dumping Deng and acquiring the maligned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, while immediately eliminating the possibility of landing LeBron James next summer.

The Cavs make the trade because they know LeBron is likely to leave and they want to hedge against that by getting a potential superstar on a rookie contract in Brandon Ingram (who has more upside than Josh Jackson of the Suns) plus two other talented young players with which to rebuild in Randle and Clarkson. Perhaps more importantly, they also remove Lakers as a destination for LeBron by trading Kyrie there.

While Randle and Clarkson are nice players, the Lakers are essentially trading Brandon Ingram for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and the right to dump Luol Deng’s contract. And they have money to sign PG and possibly retain Brook Lopez, plus more free agency coming with Love & Irving. Bottom line, Lakers add 3 superstars win Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Paul George  instead of 2. Another case where 3 > 2.

Take a good look at the Lakers roster after the trade.  I think this is a #6 team in the West with over $40 million in guaranteed cap space for 2018:

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2017 LAKERS ROSTER
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PG: LONZO, Ennis
SG: KYRIE, Hart,
SF: KCP, Kuzma, Brewer
PF: LOVE, Nance
CE: LOPEZ, Zubac, Bryant
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Lakers sign Paul George to a max contract and convince Brook Lopez to sign for $10M to go for the championship:

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2018 LAKERS LINEUP
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PG: LONZO, Ennis
SG: KYRIE, Hart,
SF: GEORGE, Kuzma, Brewer
PF: LOVE, Nance
CE: LOPEZ, Zubac, Bryant