Feb 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) during the third quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Lakers defeated the Sixers 112-98. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers Draft Rumors: Lakers, 76ers working on MCW trade?


The Lakers have long been in the middle of trade rumors regarding the draft, holding a lottery draft pick for the first time in a long time. However, the Lakers have remained intent on winning now, and it sounds like they may be looking to move the pick for more established talent.

According to multiple sources, including ESPN’s Ryan Russillo and Basketball Insider’s Steve Kyler, the Lakers and 76ers have been discussing a trade that would send the #7 pick to Philly and rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams to Los Angeles.

Russillo’s certainly offers more details while Kyler’s tweet serves as some sort of confirmation of the rumor, but if this trade does happen, it’d be a very Mitch Kupchak-like deal. The Lakers would acquire “win-now” talent, but keep all their options open. While Thaddeus Young is due over nine million dollars this year, his contract could come off the books next year. Regardless, he would be far more valuable at $9 million than Steve Nash would for the same amount. At the ripe age of 25, Young put up 17.9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds a game last season.

The big name, though, is Carter-Williams. Named Rookie of the Year, MCW put up 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists a game. Even more, MCW is a huge upgrade defensively over any guard on the Lakers roster, with his 130 steals last season ranking him 8th in the league.

These rumors come on the heels of a rumored deal that would see Young and the 10th pick go to the Lakers for the 7th pick. Those who believe in pipe dreams may combine the two rumors, but it’s highly unlikely the Lakers could get such a return on the 7th pick. However, if the trade happens more the draft, the Lakers must receive a first-round pick in return. The easy work around would be finalizing the deal AFTER the draft, with the Lakers essentially drafting a player for the 76ers.

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  • Paul J. Lorona

    Pull the trigger get Nash off the books!

    • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

      Same Thing I Said

  • Ma Brod

    The 76ers are going to give up the ROY and a 25 year old established player for an aging nash and the 7th pick…. If that happens Sam Hinke should be hung from Billy Penn’s hat in front of every 76ers fan ! dumb rumor

    • Brett Nelson

      You realize Nash wouldn’t play here right? We’d get him in the deal to make the contracts work, his contract would come off the books next season….We do the deal because our only option is Exum @ 3, so we replace MCW with Exum, then we get 2 extra picks in a great draft.

    • Brett Nelson

      You’re probably too dumb to understand why this is a great deal for the 76ers. I love MCW too, but Exum, Embiid (@7)/Randle, Aaron Gordon, then Stauskas/McDermoot @ 10 is worth it.

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Pull the trigger! Resign Nick Young, Bazemore, Henry, Farmar, Hill&Gasol! Then Sign Deng(3yr15mil) Also Resign Kaman! Then Go After Andrey Blatche(Nets)&Get Terrance Williams(d-leauge)! Resign Kendall(qualifying contract) Starters:MCW Kobe Deng Thaddeus Gasol
    Bench:Nick Farmar Bazemore Blatche Kaman Williams Henry Sacre Marshall

  • Dino Madness

    We need to move on from the nightmare that is Nash so please make this trade happen.

  • Tree of Life

    As a 76ers fan I hope that this is a rumor. I think that this is too much.

  • ✰ ryan g soares ✰

    Great trade for both sides. The 76ers could end up drafting Dante Exum, Joel Embiid.. Two of the best prospects in a few years..

  • Rahman Meadows

    PG:MCW/Farmar
    SG:Kobe/Bazemore
    SF:Melo/Young
    PF:Young/Kelly
    CHill/Sacre