Lakers Trade Rumors: Pelicans Made Separate Offers For Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As the NBA trade deadline nears, there continues to be rumors involving the Los Angeles Lakers and the duo of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

Randle has recently been linked to the Dallas Mavericks, who are reportedly targeting him for a trade. Meanwhile, there were also reports that the Lakers had discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers in which Clarkson was brought up.

Now another interested team has emerged, in the New Orleans Pelicans. According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the Pelicans made separate offers for both Randle and Clarkson:

Before trading for Mirotic, New Orleans kicked the tires on trade talks with the Lakers. New Orleans proposed its 2018 first-round pick and Asik to the Lakers for guard Jordan Clarkson, league sources told The Athletic. New Orleans also proposed trading Alexis Ajinca and a second-round pick to the Lakers for forward Julius Randle, according to league sources.

With New Orleans losing All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins for the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles, it makes sense that they would be aggressive in trying to pick up some reinforcements. But since they have now traded for Nikola Mirotic, it’s unknown if they still have interest.

In the end, neither deal would be too attractive to the Lakers as they are not interested in taking on more salary beyond this season. Both Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca have guaranteed contracts for next season.

Asik being owed over $11 million for the 2018-19 season is probably why the Pelicans would have attached a first-round pick to the proposed trade, but in the end, it wouldn’t get the Lakers closer to their goal of two max salary slots. Likewise for Ajinca.

There is still time for a deal to get done involving Randle, Clarkson, or any other Lakers player, but the front office doesn’t seem intent on making a move unless it gets them closer to their ultimate goal.

WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION? CHECK OUT THE NEW LAKERSNATION FORUM CLUB

You May Also Like

Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black Questionable For Tuesday’s Matchup

During the Lakers’ collapse against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, both Jordan Clarkson and Tarik Black suffered ankle injuries…

Lakers Rumors: Greg St. Jean Joining Jason Kidd’s Staff On Mavericks

After a pair of successful seasons, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogelwill have some new coaches on his staff for…

NBA Free Agency Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins Was Informed By Lakers He Would Be Waived

DeMarcus Cousins was considered to be a value signing in 2019 NBA free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers despite his…

NBA Rumors: NBPA Director Michele Roberts Warned Of Potential Lockout

The NBA and Players Association, directed by Michele Roberts, spent three days last week in deep conversations…