The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of organizational chaos and they need to start fresh to recover.
A lot of talk has been circling the Lakers’ organization surrounding the future of players like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. L.A. would reportedly ‘love’ to trade the forward and guard by the February deadline and that’s exactly what they should do.
Both Randle and Clarkson are having solid seasons for Lakers. Randle committed to getting into the best shape of his career this offseason, and he’s playing efficiently in limited and inconsistent minutes while Clarkson is putting up career highs in ppg and field goal percentage including from three at 39 percent beyond the arc.
Despite their play on the court, L.A.’s front office is focused on lowering the team’s salary cap above all else in order to sign two max free agents, and Randle and Clarkson don’t fit in the team’s future plans.
With that being said, it’s best if the Lakers rip the band-aid off instead if prolonging the inevitable moves. Especially after the team held a meeting to air out their grievances, it’s clear the best thing for the organization, the team and Randle and Clarkson will be clarity and a new beginning.
Of course in order to do that the Lakers need another team (or teams) on board for a trade of some sort. Until then the toxicity of the situation will continue to hurt the Lakers’ season.
At least until things are settled, expect Randle and Clarkson to continue to make the most of their minutes to boost their trade values and set themselves up for big paydays from another franchise. Their time in the purple and gold is all but up.